Uganda is hosting the 11th Pan African literacy conference which started today, Tuesday 20th August and will run until Thursday 22nd August.
The conference whose theme is ‘LITERACY: A BRIDGE TO EQUITY’ was officially launched by State Minister for Primary Education, Hon. Rosemary Seninde, on behalf of the Minister of Education, First Lady Janet Museveni.
She welcomed the guests and reaffirmed the government’s position to continue bridging the gap in order to create equitable opportunities for children to access education. She noted that the Universal Primary Education, Universal Secondary education and Affirmative Action were some of the steps the government was making to promote equitable education.
The conference had dignitaries from across the globe who included, Ms. Marcie Craig Post, the Executive Director of the International Literacy Association, and Ms. Margaret Muthiaga, the chairperson International Development Committee – Africa, among others.
One of the best moments was when young author, Amazing Grace Kirabo read from her book, “Nurtured by a Blind Mother: The courage to believe” that left many of the members in the audience with teary eyes.
Senior Education Professional, Dr. Robinnah Kyeyune, gave the first keynote speech where she challenged the members to integrate vernacular into the literacy set-up.
The conference had parallel sessions where different stakeholders discussed various topics. On the first day, they discussed: The role of mother tongue, Literacy for equity outside the framework of formal education, early childhood teaching and learning, rethinking literacy and inclusion, and gender and sustainable literacy.