Largest Swedish Teachers' Union Visits ZIMTA PDF Print E-mail
A four member delegation from Lararforbundet, the largest teacher trade union in Stockholm, Sweden is in Harare on a development cooperation visit and it is being hosted by Harare’s largest teacher trade Union, the Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA).
Created : 13 September 2013
The delegation arrived in Harare on the 11th of September and is expected to remain in the country until the 22ndth of September this year. The delegation is on a study and   assessment tour of the projects held under the two unions’ cooperation agreements.
Lararforbundet International    Secretary , Eva    Elmstedt  Frisk said  the  delegation was happy to be in Harare and that it was also going to take advantage of its study tour, to learn and exchange ideas with locals on teachers’ professional   and trade union activities, with a view to promoting quality education .  She said, “As you know, it all starts with a good teacher and ZIMTA and Lararforbundet   have    always worked to ensure that good teachers   are supported all the time”
The delegation has already toured several projects held under the development   cooperation in Harare Province and also paid a courtesy call on the Ministry of Secondary and Primary Education, where they met the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Ms. Constance Chigwamba.
Ms. Chigwamba took the opportunity to brief the delegates on the Zimbabwean education system and all the major   achievements held to current date, which included an   attainment of a high literacy rate among other issues.
Sweden also highlighted that the country had made huge strides in achieving free basic education for all but still faced several challenges in attaining decent salaries for qualified teachers and improving their working conditions.
ZIMTA National President, Mr. Richard Gundane highlighted that Lararforbundet   and ZIMTA had cooperated since 1985 and many projects were co-funded under   various the cooperation agreements that have existed since then. The tour is expected to see the delegation visiting seven out of ten Provincial ZIMTA offices. 
Speaking during an interview, Mr. Gundane said,” I am confident that the delegation will be impressed by the results on the ground.”
 “Meetings shall be held among focus groups and study circles with the aim of monitoring and evaluating the success of projects held under the international development cooperation. A delegate from   Education International, (E.I),   an affiliates’ body of all Education Unions across the globe is set to jet into the country to join the activities,” he said 




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