Oxford University Press (OUP) is sponsoring an African literacy conference in South Africa this September.
The conference is organised by the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA), a literacy group, in association with the International Literacy Association (ILA) and the International Development Committee, Africa branch. Its formal title is "The 9th Pan-African Literacy for All and 10th RASA National Literacy Conference".
The event is taking place in Cape Town from the 2nd to 5th September and, based around the theme “imagination and literacy: theory and practice”, is aimed at improving literacy across Africa.
The event will consist of talks and workshops on classroom practice, and the speakers will include Viv Edwards, professor of linguistics at the University of Reading, Marcie Craig Post, director of the ILA, and Desiree Hugo, principal of the St Mary’s Junior School in Johannesburg.
OUP said it is sponsoring the event because of its commitment to education in Africa.
“We believe that reading takes you places,” said Lieze Kotze, regional director of Africa at OUP. “It’s the building block for all other learning, so it is an honour for Oxford to keep the conversation going. This conference will help to unlock the power of imagination through literacy; making a difference to education across the African continent.”
Karin Murris, chair of the conference, said: “To raise standards worldwide it is essential that everyone involved in teaching literacy learns how to engage the imagination systematically and to its full potential… The conference will provide the theoretical and practical ideas to bring more imagination into your teaching, whether in school or university.”