15.05.2018 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Third meeting of the SADC Task Team for Teacher Standards opens in Johannesburg

The third meeting of the SADC Regional Task Team for Teacher Standards and Competencies opened in Johannesburg, South Africa yesterday. The two-day meeting is jointly organized by the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) and the SADC Secretariat, in collaboration with the Government of South Africa.

The Secretary-General of the South Africa National Commission for UNESCO, Mr Carlton Mukwevho, welcomed the participants to South Africa and appreciated South Africa’s chairpersonship of this Task Team. Ms Lomthandazo Mavimbela, Senior Programme Officer Education and Skills Development at the SADC Secretariat, emphasized the importance of this regional framework in reinforcing the important issue of mobility in the SADC region.

As Chair of the Task Team and Acting Chief Director for Education Human Resource Development in South Africa’s Department of Basic Education, Mr Enoch Rabotapi, said that the process of working on the regional framework is strengthening collaboration in the SADC region and accelerating country processes.

“This work on improving the quality of teachers is helping us to take cognisance of our responsibilities to align our work with the SDG goals and CESA targets,” he said.

The meeting brings together the 11 task team members as well as additional SADC country representatives and technical experts from UNESCO and the SADC Secretariat. The representatives are sharing the outcomes of their national consultation processes, which took place from January to May 2018 in the 11 countries. These discussions will contribute to finalizing the draft framework.

On the second day of the meeting, particular emphasis will be placed on the implementation strategy for the framework, which will be a paramount element for the relevance of the document.

The draft framework will be presented to the SADC meeting of Ministers responsible for Education and Training, Science, Technology and Innovation in June 2018.

For more information, please contact: c.medel-anonuevo(at)unesco.org or g.steukers(at)unesco.org.

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