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(August 2009) The 6th Pan-African Reading for All Conference is taking place 10–14 August 2009 at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. It is organized by the International Reading Association’s International Development Committee in Africa in collaboration with the Reading Association of Tanzania and the Children’s Book Project for Tanzania. The theme of the conference is "Literacy for Community-Based Socio-Economic Transformation and Development."
SIL literacy and education specialists are presenting six papers, conducting one workshop and presenting one poster session during the conference. SIL representatives have attended previous Pan-African Reading for All conferences and presented papers about various topics related to reading in Africa, especially about reading in the mother tongue.
The conference brings together an international network of literacy professionals, researchers and policy makers committed to fostering literacy and a reading culture for sustainable socio-economic transformation.
Participants share their experiences in literacy and reading promotion initiatives and practices from different countries. They present, examine, analyze and seek ways to surmount the various challenges that prevent successful transmission of literacy through formal and non-formal systems of education.
Many of these themes relate to the importance of literacy as a tool for achieving the Millennium Development Goals adopted by United Nations member nations in 2000.
The conference provides a platform for policy makers in government and the donor community to interface with literacy professionals at all levels. It also gives researchers the opportunity to share vital knowledge and information on appropriate methods and strategies for delivering literacy and reading skills to the community at the grass roots level.