Reading for All Conference
10 – 14 August 2009
The 6th Pan-African Reading for All Conference takes place in Tanzania takes place this week, August 10th-14th.
Literacy for Community Based Socio-economic Transformation and Development is the title of the 6th Pan-African Reading for All Conference and is being organized by the International Reading Association’s International Development Committee in Africa (IRA/IDCA) in collaboration with the Reading Association of Tanzania (CCHAUTA.) and Children’s Book Project for Tanzania (CBP) to take place at the University of Dar Es Salaam, in Tanzania from August 10 – 14, 2009.
The Pan-African Reading for All (RFA) Conference is one of the most exciting and most memorable literacy events on the African continent. It is organized bi-annually by the International Reading Association’s International Development Committee in Africa (IRA/IDAC) and the National Reading Association in the host country.
The conference brings together teachers, teacher educators, lecturers, adult literacy instructors, researchers, librarians, writers, publishers, book sellers, community leaders, policy makers and readers from all over Africa and beyond. Over the years, the conference has continued to register a steady increase in the number of participants from the United States, North America, Europe and Asia, giving it a really global perspective. Besides professional experience participants have opportunity to visit some successful local literacy projects and exciting tour sites to make their experiences in Tanzania extremely exciting and memorable.
Literacy is an extremely important tool for the realization of the eight millennium development goals especially: eradication of extreme poverty; achievement of universal primary education, promotion of gender equality and women empowerment; reduction of child mortality by two thirds among children under five; combating HIV/ AIDS, malaria and other diseases as well as ensuring environmental sustainability. It increases people’s access to readily available information in books, magazines, journals, news papers and internet resources for the improvement of their livelihoods. Literacy is not just a mechanical class room affair of dealing with symbols and numerals; it is a way of life which must be integrated into all forms of human activity for it to be of any relevance to the human person.
In countries where the conference has been held a number of positive developments have been registered ranging from rapid growth and development of community libraries, adult literacy classes, children’s reading tents, emergence of reading and writing clubs in schools and communities to positive policy pronouncements in favour of the book sector and publishing industry.
Gwynneth Evans, the former Chair of the Literacy and Reading Section will be attending the conference. Look out for her report.
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Last update: 4 October 2012