KAMPALA, Uganda: At least 200 delegates from 13 countries are expected to grace this years’ 4th IBBY (International Board on Books for Young) Africa Regional Conference in Kampala, The Investigator can reveal.
IBBY- the International Board on Books for Young People is an International NGO with local country chapters as Members. For the case of Uganda, UCWIA is the local country chapter.
The three day event that takes place from August 22- 24 at Hotel Africana in Kampala will be officially opened by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Hon. Janet Kataha Museveni.
This years’ regional conference is being organised by the Uganda Children’s Writers and Illustrators Association with partners National Book Trust of Uganda, and Kampala Capital City Authority.
“The goal of IBBY is to ensure that children and young people in any part of the world have access to quality books. The regional conferences therefore assist regions to confer on how best the individual countries within that region can deliver on the overarching goal,” said Charles Batambuze the Executive Director National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU).
The theme for the 4th IBBY Africa Regional Conference is, “Rethinking Contemporary Literature for Children and Young Adults in Africa.” Africa has a youthful population with the majority of her people being children and young people below 15 years. “It is this population that African writers, publishers, educators and literacy experts want to find the best strategies for meeting their needs for information, skills, knowledge and quality education,” noted a release by the organising committee.
Books are central to the process of learning and training. Quality books immersed in the cultures and languages of Africa is what is urgently needed to spur development. To this end, the conference delegates will focus on key issues of authorship, illustrations, publishing, book distribution, language and cultures, and reading with intent to generate ideas on how best the publishing sector in Africa could serve the education, economic and social goals of the continent.
Batambuze told the Investigator that the conference had accordingly attracted some of the best speakers in the field of authorship, visual art, and literacy, education who will be speaking on the many facets that must be addressed to ensure that our children and young people have access to the best books.
“We shall be privileged to listen to a keynote presentation given by one of our own Mr James Tumusiime, the Managing Director of Fountain Publishers ltd, a believer and investor in culture. We expect the official opening of the conference to be graced by Hon. Janet K. Museveni, the 1st Lady and Minister of Education and Sports. She in her own right is a reader and a published writer,” said Batambuze.
The delegates will also during the three days have a treat with a programming that also includes an exhibition for book illustrators at the Mango Tree design hub in industrial area, Kampala and a rendezvous with cultures of the Great Lakes at the Ndere Centre in Kampala.
He said the organising Committee was grateful for the contributions of International Board on Books for Young People, National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), National Book Trust of Uganda (NABOTU) and the Uganda Reproduction Rights Organisation the institutions that have made it possible to hold the conference.