THE Reading Association of Papua New Guinea (RASPNG) has called for papers for its 2014 literacy conference to be held in November at the University of Papua New Guinea at Waigani.
The conference, to be held on 13-14 November with the theme Literacy for Empowerment, is organised by RASPNG, the National Literacy and Awareness Secretariat, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UPNG.
Organisers define literacy as “the ability to use printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals and to develop one’s knowledge and potential”.
The conference will ask how Papua New Guineans can be equipped with the abilities that are the hallmarks of 21st century literate people.
Academics, researchers, teachers, NGO’s, industries, businesses, professionals, critics, commentators and literacy practitioners are invited to share their ideas on literacy and present papers at the conference.
Some of the areas to be covered by the conference are technology and the new literacies, literacy in education, the national literacy policy, literacy without formal reading and writing, literacy for the workplace, and literature and literacy.