Prime Minister Dr. Motsoahae Thabane on Tuesday this week officiated a six-day Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) conference currently underway at the Manthabiseng Convention Centre.
Hosted by Ministry of Education and Training (MoET), the 8th AFTRA is held under the theme “Teaching and learning in Africa for global competitiveness”.
In his remarks, Dr Thabane called for unity and peace among African nations for sustainable economic growth which he said will result in good education for the future generations.
He said the terrain in the teaching profession has not been smooth recently in many African countries, including Lesotho, highlighting that the difficult economic landscape particularly in small African economies such as Lesotho, has compounded the problem.
Dr Thabane added that the government will adopt and implement policies that are aimed at putting Lesotho’s teaching service high on global scale and producing students with relevant skills, who will be competitive internationally.
Speaking at the same event, MoET Minister Professor Ntoi Rapapa commended Dr Thabane’s support of the ministry’s endeavour to address teachers’ grievances in order to ensure that accessible quality education in Lesotho is achieved.
AFTRA President Mabutho Cele expressed hope that the conference will help take the African continent in general and the teaching profession in Africa to new and even higher heights in as far as quality public education is concerned as well as dignity for teachers, rights for teachers and safety in schools.
Meanwhile, the conference also presented awards of medals of honour to remarkable people who have made a mark in the education sector in their countries and service stations.
Lesotho’s PM and Former South African Minister of Basic Education were among people who received medals.
The conference, which was graced by the Deputy PM and some cabinet ministers, is due to end on Saturday.
Inaugurated on October 11, 2010 by Nigeria’s Minister of Education at the time in Abuja, Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) is an intergovernmental organisation comprising the national agencies regulating teaching in the 54 African countries.
Its functions as a branch of the world body is to ensure collaboration among the African member countries to ensure a continent with a globally competitive teaching profession. African countries hold rotational annual conferences among member states.