Annual Conference

2017 Conference

Theme: Literacy and inclusivity: crossing boundaries and creating networks

Venue: Unisa, Pretoria

Dates: 13 - 15 October, 2017 (please note the conference starts on Friday morning)


2016 Conference


Literacy connectivitiy: Connect Engage, Reflect, Refresh

Venue: Clarendon Primary School, Pietermaritzburg

Dates: 30th Sept to 2 Oct 2016





ThemeImagination and literacy: Theory and practice 

Venue: Cape Town

Dates: 2 to 5 September 2015

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Click here to view the Book of Abstracts




Please click the links below to view past conference programmes


RASA 2004 Conference Programme

RASA 2006 Conference Programme

RASA 2008 Conference Programme

RASA 2009 Conference Programme

RASA 2010 Conference Programme

RASA 2011 Conference Programme

RASA 2012 Conference Programme

RASA 2013 Conference Programme

RASA 2014 Conference Programme





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The purpose of the Pan-African Reading for All Conference(s) is to develop ways of translating “Education for All” into “Reading for All”. The Pan-African Reading for All Conference has become an important literacy event on the African continent. It provides a platform for policy makers in government and the donor community to interface with literacy professionals, and researchers at all levels to share vital knowledge and information on appropriate ways and strategies of delivering literacy and reading skills to all communities. In the six countries where the conference has been held, the positive developments registered have included growth and development of community libraries, adult literacy classes and children’s reading tents; the emergence of reading and writing clubs in schools and communities; and, positive policy pronouncements in favour of the book sector and publishing industry.

The 1st conference, which was held in Pretoria in 1999, focused on reading among children.

The 2nd held in Abuja in 2001, considered the role of communities in building a reading culture.

The emphasis of the 3rd, which was in Kampala in 2003, was on analyzing and ultimately surmounting the factors that impede the transmission and use of literacy skills.

In 2005, the 4thconference was taken to Swaziland where the emphasis was on exploring the connection between literacy and sustainable development.

The 5th conference, held in August 2007, took place in Ghana where Literacy for Human Liberation was the main theme.

The 6th Pan-African Reading for All Conference, which took place in Tanzania from August 10th -14th, 2009. There the focus was on Literacy for Community Based Socio-economic Transformation and Development.

The 7th Pan-African Reading for All Conference will be hosted by the Reading Association of Botswana and will be an opportunity for teachers, writers, librarians, publishers, and development workers from Botswana and other nations to continue developing a coordinated approach to literacy in Africa.

2013 the 8th Pan African Reading for all Conference was hosted by the Kenyan Reading Association

2015 the 9th Pan African Reading for all Conference was held in Cape Town and RASA hosted it together with their 10th National RASA conference.

2017 the 10th Pan African Reading for all Conference will be held in Nigeria. Look out for the call for abstracts.