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OUP sponsors African literacy conference to ignite imagination and learning

OUP sponsors African literacy conference to ignite imagination and learning

02 September 2015

2 September 2015 – Oxford University Press (OUP) is sponsoring the 9th Pan-African Literacy for All and 10th Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) National Literacy Conference, taking place from 2 – 5 September at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

Hosting some of the brightest minds in literacy, the conference’s theme—Imagination and Literacy: Theory and Practice—will showcase research, practice, and innovative literacy strategies that imaginatively engage literacy development across Africa.

“The conference will provide the theoretical and practical ideas needed to bring more imagination into teaching literacy and the ideas around how to make learning more engaging,” says Karin Murris, Chair of the RASA/Pan-African 2015 Literacy Conference Committee.

For the first three days the conference will unpack academic papers on literacy and classroom practice through talks and workshops aimed at teachers, teacher educators, writers, librarians, researchers, academics, publishers, as well as local and international development workers. On the fourth day members of the public will be invited to ignite their imaginations through a series of practical sessions, stalls, and installations focused on literacy.

Pan-African Literacy conferences are important events in Africa, providing a platform for literacy professionals and researchers to engage with policy makers in government and the donor community. The conferences have taken place bi-annually since 1999 in countries including Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Swaziland, and Uganda.

OUP is sponsoring the event in line with its commitment to education in Africa, with 10 offices across thecontinent, including South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania publishing bespoke schools and higher education resources across Southern and Eastern Africa.

“Reading is the fundamental building block of our society and this conference gives us the opportunity to keep the conversation around literacy strong,” says Lieze Kotze, African Regional Director for Oxford University Press. “We want the event to encourage community involvement and invite the public to experience how the world of literacy can be unlocked through the power of imagination.”

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