PALFA 2017 Abuja

Pan African Literacy for All Conference Abuja 2017


Connecting and Engaging with Literacies: Systems and Structures for Sustainable Development

DATE:   27th – 31st August 2017

Final Schedule of Paper Presentations

The Pan African Literacy for All Conference (PALFA) hitherto known as Pan-African Reading for All (PARFA) is the biggest,  most popular, most interactive and most enriching global literacy event in Africa. This biennial literacy conference has assumed an unprecedented scope and significance bringing together government agencies and institutions, researchers, educators, publishers, librarians, international development workers and donor agencies from across the globe to interface and collaborate on literacy development in African.  By adopting multi-stakeholder dimension in sharing ideas, researches, evidence-based best practices in literacy and literacy-related instructional and assessment delivery processes as well as the challenges of literacy acquisition and sustainability in African, PALFA recognizes that literacy challenges affecting African nations are different and context-specific across gender, age, education and socio-economic levels.

The themes of the previous PALFA conferences so far held underscore the critical role of literacy in nation building. The extent to which nations are successful or otherwise is a factor of acquisition and application of functional literacy skills by the citizenry.

The conference has journeyed through Africa identifying and exploring different themes as follows:

  1. Pretoria, South Africa, 1999: Reading among children.
  2. Abuja, Nigeria, 2001: The role of communities in building a reading culture.
  3. Kampala, Uganda, 2003: Analysing and surmounting factors impending the transmission and use of literacy skills.
  4. Ezulwini, Swaziland, 2005: Exploring the connection between literacy and sustainable development.
  5. Accra, Ghana, 2007: Literacy for Liberation
  6. Dar es Salam, Tanzania, 2009: Literacy for community-based socioeconomic transformation and development
  7. Gaborone, Botswana 2011: The reader, an empowered leader.
  8. Nairobi, Kenya, 2013: Literacy for all: Leading the way to literacy excellence.
  9. Cape Town, South Africa, 2015: Imagination and literacy: Theory and practice.

The choice of this conference theme for the 10th edition is inspired by the need to interrogate the systems, policies and structures designed to entrench literacy culture for sustainable development in and among Africans within the backdrop of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). We need to think through holistic approaches to providing inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels especially for the girl child. This implies questioning some traditional concepts and constructs of reading and literacy and strengthening and supporting systems and structures which enhance literacy for sustainable development in Africa. This is coming with the hindsight that many Africans are still unable to apply critical literacy skills to access information, evaluate information and to competently use information to address issues which hamper development, lifelong learning and quality life for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals envision a world that is economically empowered, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable and mandates the provision of lifelong learning opportunities that will help all categories of people to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to engage and participate fully in society. These will elude African nations except concerted effort is made to identify the paths to multi-literacies and the processes of accessing them. Stakeholders need to identify and establish evidence-driven measures to spur Africans to connect and engage with literacies for sustainable development.


  1. To bring together literacy leaders in Africa to interrogate  ways of connecting and engaging with literacies and approaches to literacy development
  2. To provide opportunities for stakeholders to identify and establish evidence-driven measures to spur Africans to connect and engage with literacies for sustainable development across gender.
  3. To open platforms for sharing innovations in literacy practices in formal and non-formal learning environment.
  4. To leverage on new tools and technologies which support literacy for sustainable development
  5. To share reading and literacy researches and projects which address education achievement gaps and maximize reading, literacy and learning outcomes in Africa

Conference Sub -Themes:

  • Literacy practices, classroom engagements and innovation
    • Teacher professional learning and development
    • Teacher resources and best practices
    • Learning space design and collaborative learning
    • Differentiated literacy instruction
  • Innovations in Literacy Instruction and Assessment
    • Reading and writing across disciplines
    • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Literacy, prospects and issues
    • Digital and multimodal literacies
    • Culturally relevant and appropriate assessment practices
  • Literacies, developing and strengthening systems, structures and accessibility
    • Access to academic, professional and leisure materials
    • Access to relevant and appropriate content across social, economic and gender groups
    • NGOS, national and global literacy initiatives
    • Libraries, access, sustainability and literacy culture
    • Literacies and data management challenges
  • Literacies, inclusive quality education and lifelong learning
    • Educational equity, poverty and economic diversity
    • Internally Displaced Persons and literacy Learning
    • Literacies, Terrorism and Security within and across borders
    • Literacies and Education in Emergencies
  • Literacies, Quality health and well-being
    • Literacy and Entrepreneurship
    • Financial Literacy and Wealth Creation
    • Literacy and Life skills
    • Literacies, healthcare and sustainability
    • Literacies, governance, rule of law and human rights
    • Literacies and Environmental sustainability
  • Building literacy culture in families, schools and communities
    • School administrators/and parents as literacy leaders
    • Early/Emergent literacy engagements
    • Literacy in formal and non-formal settings
  • Materials Development, Publishing and Sustainability
    • Materials production for early/emergent literacy
    • Materials production, relevance, accessibility and affordability
  • Biliteracy and Multilingualism
    • Literacies in multiple languages
    • Mother Tongue education and literacies
    • Developing orthographies and literacy promotion
    • Translations and versioning
  • Literacies and the Girl Child Education
    • Access, Enrolment and Completion
    • Literacies, Early Marriage, Parenting and Maternal Health
    • Systems and Structures for empowering the Girl Child
    • Engaging with out-of-school children, the vulnerable and minorities


  Instruction for Submitting Abstracts and Presentations:

Presentations will be made in five categories:

Individual paper: This will be by one to three persons and will be allotted 30 minutes (10 for presentation and 20 for discussion)

Colloquia: These will be presented by four or more persons on a project and will be allotted two hours. Presenters many use their discretion to divide the time amongst themselves, but should allow minimum of 40 minutes for audience discussion.

Poster Session: This will be graphic displays of information. Special time will be allotted in the conference programme for presentation and discussion of the posters.

Workshops: These are interactive sessions with a facilitator. One hour will be allotted to each presenter.

Literacy Research in Africa:  This is a special presentation by the CODE team on literacy/reading research so far carried out in Africa. The aim is to identify gaps and priority areas that will inform future research interest in the African content. This take place on 29th August

Your abstract should be between 150 – 250 words.

For more information about submitting abstracts; Please contact Gabriel Egbe via;;

Deadline for submission of abstract:  February 20, 2017

Notification of acceptance of Abstract: March 31, 2017

Urgent Update On Acceptance Letter


Conference Registration Fees:

Everyone desiring to take part in the conference, whether presenting a paper or not, will be required to pay the conference registration fees. The registration fee per participant from African countries as follows:

  • Teachers :                          $100
  • Early bird registration :   $150
  • Late registration:              $200.
  • Full time students:           $50.00


Nigerian Conferees

  • Teachers:                             N20,000
  • Early bird registration :    N30,000
  • Late registration:               N40,000
  • Full time students:            N10,000


Registration fee per person for participants from other continent is US $300.00 (Three hundred US dollars)



Conference Venue: Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja.

Accommodation: There are a number of hotels around the conference venue. Arrangement has also been made for hostel type of accommodation for conferees on very tight budget.



Ladi Kwali Way, Abuja, F.C.T., 021189, Nigeria

Tel: (+234) (0)9 461 2000




Room Rates incl breakfast

Single: N65,000

Double: N 73,986



No. 23 Blantyre street, Wuse II, Abuja, F.C.T., Nigeria.

Tel. (+234) (0) 8141375819




Room Rates incl breakfast

Single: N20,000 for PALFA Conferees

Double: N48,000



26, Suez Crescent, Abacha Estate, Wuse Zone 4,Wuse, Abuja, F.C.T.

Tel: (+234) (0)703 199 7893




Room Rates incl breakfast

Standard: N 8,000 for PALFA Conferees

Deluxe: N8,000 for PALFA Conferees



Plot 779 Cadastral Zone A.O., Central Business District,Abuja, F.C.T., Nigeria.

Tel: (+234) (0) 9 4619110




Room Rates incl breakfast

Studio: N24,000

Standard: N28,800

Deluxe: N25,000for PALFA Conferees



Plot 1038, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, Abuja, F.C.T., Nigeria. (Plot Opposite Federal Ministry of Justice)

Tel: (+234) (0) 8036242204


Room Rates incl breakfast

Standard: N 8,000 for PALFA Conferees

Deluxe: N 8,000 for PALFA Conferees




Plot 281, Herbert Macaulay Way, Opp. National Defence College Central Business District, Abuja, F.C.T., Nigeria.

Tel: (+234) (0) 8067387850;(+234) (0) 8163148455;(+234) (0) 8077199983




Room Rates from N10,000

N7,000 for PALFA Conferees


Food Rates

Breakfast from N500

Lunch from N1,200

Dinner from N1,200