Africa Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) is an association of the Teaching Regulatory Authorities in 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/constitutions of the respective countries to regulate and control the teaching profession in the countries. The key aims of AFTRA and IFTRA are to promote the professionalisation of teaching globally, set international standards for the profession and facilitate co-operation among member nations for the benefit of the education systems of the various countries.
MEMBERSHIP OF AFTRA
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.
LEADERSHIP OF AFTRA
AFTRA shall be led by an Executive comprising the following:
ii. Secretary General
iii. Executive Director
iv. Co-Executive Director
v. Other officials selected from AFTRA member organisations.
The AFTRA Roundtable shall have the final powers for the appointment or election of individuals onto the Executive Board.
The Executive Board shall have the responsibility of implementing all AFTRA decisions and shall also be responsible for innovating and steering the affairs of AFTRA to highest international levels.
AFTRA KEY ANNUAL EVENTS
AFTRA shall hold two major annual events (collocated) in June of every year. These are:
i. AFTRA Roundtable which shall serve as the Annual General Meeting or General Assembly of AFTRA member organisations. The AFTRA President shall preside at the Roundtable and all such matters as may pertain to AFTRA shall be discussed and decided at the Roundtable.
ii. AFTRA Teaching and Learning in Africa Conference which shall be open to the entire world and provide opportunity for the exchange of best practices among all stakeholders involved in teaching and learning in Africa.
The hosting of these events shall rotate among member countries and may also be held in any part of Africa where AFTRA deems fit.
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria shall serve as the Headquarters of AFTRA. The Headquarters shall provide secretariat and corporate services for AFTRA. These shall include the provision of bankers and corporate registration of AFTRA as an international body.