The Pan-Africa literacy conference in Kampala, attended by a team from RAU, aimed to provide a platform for literacy experts and researchers. Many delegates from various countries joined in this experience.
The three-day summit was opened by the Minister of State for Primary Education (Rosemary Seninde), who represented the First Lady of Uganda and Minister for Education and Sports, Janet Museveni.
In her opening remarks, Mrs Museveni said literacy is an important tool for a country’s development, adding that there is a direct link between literacy rate of people and a nation’s development status.
Literacy empowers individuals, families and communities with life skills and practical knowledge that build self-confidence, enabling one to exploit the environment for self-development as well as national development,” she said.
The First Lady described the summit as the most important conference in the field of literacy in Africa. This is the second time Uganda is hosting the conference, having last done so in 2003. It is only literacy conference in Africa.
At least 1,000 delegates from over 40 countries, mainly from Africa, are attending the conference, during which as many as 130 papers are being discussed.According to the patron of RAU, Loy Tumusiime, the conference is providing a platform for literacy experts and researchers to come up with various interventions and findings that will position literacy as a bridge to equity.
The World Vision’s programme quality director, Simon Manning, commended Uganda for hosting the conference, saying literacy is a fundamental right “Children need to be literate for their future to be secure. All countries need literate people to achieve their development goals and it is good that we are here to discuss literacy,” he said. Margaret Muthiga, the chairperson of the International Development Committee in Africa (IDC-A), called upon African countries to unite and fight against illiteracy.