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Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) is an association of the Teaching Regulatory Authorities open to all African countries. AFTRA is also a subset of the world body of Teaching Councils, called the International Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities, IFTRA. (Please visit IFTRA‟s website: www.iftra.org)
The organisations that make up AFTRA and IFTRA are established by the statutes of the respective countries to regulate the teaching profession in the countries. The key aims of AFTRA and IFTRA are to promote professionalisation of teaching globally, set international standards for the profession and facilitate co-operation among member nations for the benefit of the education systems and teachers of the various countries.
The Mission of AFTRA is (1) To raise teacher education and practice and teacher status to the highest possible standards in the Africa continent and to do so through networking with all relevant stakeholders within and outside the continent; and (2) To promote African Philosophy and Holistic Education.
The vision of AFTRA is An African continent with a globally competitive teaching profession.
AIMS of AFTRA
AFTRA has the following objectives, to:
i. Reposition the teaching profession in Africa;
ii. Set international standards for the teaching profession;
iii. Develop protocol and platforms that will ensure maximum benefit of international teacher mobility and guarantee fair treatment of teachers working in countries other than their own;
iv. Establish co-operation with respect to all aspects of the teaching profession;
v. Exchange best practices among member countries;
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vi. Collectively undertake any action that will raise teacher welfare, quality and status, nationally and internationally;
vii. Remain a branch of the International Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (IFTRA); and
viii. Participate actively in all relevant IFTRA activities and act as a vehicle in Africa for the promotion and implementation of IFTRA goals.
Membership of AFTRA shall be open to organisations only and not individuals, and membership shall be of two categories, namely, Full Membership and Association Membership.
The Full Membership of AFTRA shall be open to organisations in the following categories:
i. National agencies specifically established for the regulation of the teaching profession, such as the South African Council for Educators, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria and the National Teaching Council of the Republic of Ghana;
ii. National agencies set up for employment and regulation of the teaching profession, such as the Kenya Teachers Service Commission, the Education Service Commission of Uganda and the Ghana Education Service.
iii. United Nations Educational Agencies; and
iv. African Union Educational Agencies.
The Associate Membership of AFTRA shall be open to only organisations in the following categories:
v. National Teachers Unions;
vi. Universities of Education;
vii. Colleges of Education;
viii. Institutes of Education;
ix. Faculties of Education;
x. Schools of Education;
xi. Education Corps of National Armed Forces;
xii. National and International Educational Associations;
xiii. International development partners; and
xiv. National and International Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Education.
All members (both Full and Associate members) shall have the right to participate in all AFTRA activities and also to vote in all relevant decision-making processes of AFTRA. However, where there is a stalemate, only full AFTRA members shall make the final decision.
Intending members shall complete membership application form and formally receive Certificates of Membership, if the membership is approved by the AFTRA Executive Board.