President of the Association of Non-Aligned Teachers Unions of Southern Africa (ANTUSA), Malose Kutumela says the association is looking to develop the teaching profession in the region. ANTUSA is a regional umbrella for teachers unions which the local union, Botswana Sector of Educators Trade Union (BOSETU) is part of. Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Kutumela – the president of Professional Educators Union (PEU) in South Africa – said they would like to collaborate on many issues affecting teachers in SADC and go beyond just doing research. Kutumela was addressing the media after the board of the regional associations met in Gaborone. Since its formation in 2007, the association has been mainly focusing on sports activities and gala dinners, but it now seeks to depart from the norm and move into other areas. Kutumela said all the parties to ANTUSA have young teachers amongst them, most of whom do not know what is happening in other countries.
This, he said, would result in members learning from their counterparts on many areas such as gender issues. ANTUSA according to Kutumela, has various committees that deal with different issues across all the member unions, BOSETU included. The concept of ANTUSA is said to be based on sharing and cross-pollination of ideas from a SADC perspective. The association has already been to many countries in the SADC region such as Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia and will soon be in Mauritius. Formed in 2007 in Zambia, ATUSA comprises of BOSETU, PEU in South Africa, The Union of Private Secondary Education Employees (UPSEE) in Mauritius, Progressive Teachers Union Zimbabwe (PTUZ), Lesotho Teacher Trade Union (LTTU), Basic Education Teachers Union of Zambia (BETUZ) and Teachers Union of Namibia (TUN).