TUN to hold ninth national congress next weekend

23 Sep 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 SEP (NAMPA) - The Teachers’ Union of Namibia (TUN) will hold its ninth national congress on 3 and 4 October to elect a new leadership for the next four years.
The congress at Okahandja will be held under the theme “Exclusion Impedes Quality Education, Teachers’ Advancement and National Development”.
TUN president Kavihuha Mahongora said during a media conference in the capital on Tuesday that over 200 regional, national and international delegates have been invited to participate and discuss vocational training for the purposes of Vision 2030.
Delegates will also discuss housing, public service policies, teachers’ support and social dialogue in the education sector.
Quite a number of other very important educational and labour issues will likewise be discussed at the congress.
Kavihuha explained that the congress will be preceded by a council meeting of the Association of Non-Aligned Teachers’ Unions in Southern Africa (ANTUSA), which will discuss the free migration of professionals, the manner how the Southern African Development Community (SADC) governments treat teachers from other sister countries, and possible exchange programmes.
ANTUSA is a SADC regional body for independent and non-politically-aligned teachers’ unions in southern Africa.
Trade unions which form part of ANTUSA include the Professional Educators’ Union of South Africa (PEU), the Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ), the Basic Education Teachers’ Union of Zambia (BETUZ), the Lesotho Teachers’ Trade Union (LTTU), the Botswana Sector of Educators’ Trade Union (BOSETU) and TUN.
“Before the last congress in 2010, TUN had its ups and downs which were, however, successfully resolved by the current leadership.
TUN is proud of its achievements, and also for the success thus far,” Kavihuha noted.
At the same conference, TUN received N.dollars 30 000 from Bon Life, a local assurance company, for its upcoming congress.