Heads of education regulatory agencies across Africa will converge on Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, for a week-long 7th African Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) conference to brainstorm on the possible ways to improve quality of education, among other critical issues affecting the continent.
The Registrar of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Prof. Segun Ajiboye, who disclosed this while interacting with journalists in Ibadan on Monday, said the event will be hosted by the TRCN from May 14 to 19.
Entitled “Teaching and Learning in Africa in the Context of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) 2016-2025” the conference is aimed at charting a sustainable strategy for the delivery of quality education in order to meet Sustainable Development Goals.
Ajiboye explained that the conference will provide opportunities for exchange of best practices between the statutory regulators of the teaching profession in Africa and members of the global community particularly the academia, ICT experts, employers of teachers, teachers unions and international development partners.
He stated further that the Conference as well as the Roundtable talks scheduled to part of it will feature presentations on the implications of terrorism, refugees and internally displaced for education in Africa as well as the professionalization of teaching in Africa.
“The TRCN is happy to host the convergence of AFTRA, which is the Africa Regional Branch of International Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (IFTRA). This years’ conference will further deliberate on issues of professionalism as well as the challenges facing the teaching profession in Africa.
“The conference will exhaustively deliberate on the working conditions as well living conditions of African teaching with a view to suggesting areas of improvement to Ministers of Education in Africa who will also be part of the conference and round-table,” he said.
The Registrar, who noted that attending to poor quality of education in Africa is a continental resolve, said Nigeria is also interested in ensuring that the current poor WAEC results and underachievement in schooling is reversed.
He also informed that the African Union is hosting a special session in the conference where all Ministers of Education in Africa will discuss the progress on teacher professionalism and the teaching profession in Africa.
The TRCN boss maintained that while the last edition of the conference was hosted by South Africa the choice of Nigeria for this global audience is not unconnected with the committed zeal of the country to professionalizing the teaching profession and ensure that teachers in Nigeria get the best in their chosen profession.