LITASA is dedicated to promoting teaching and research in reading and writing at all levels in South African society. Our organisation aims to empower and help all South African citizens to be literate and able to develop to their fullest potential.

Previously known as the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA), we are now known as the Literacy Association of South Africa (LITASA). This change is in line with global trends which acknowledge that literacy is about much more than reading and writing. It encompasses many different forms of literacy including visual literacy, information literacy and digital literacy amongst others.

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If you become a member of LITASA now, you’ll receive exclusive access to our special member’s area. It’s packed with useful information and resources. We update it regularly so be sure to check back often.


You may be interested in the International ELINET Symposium 2018, with the theme “Literacy in the 21st Century: Participation – Inclusion – Equity”, to be held on 23-24 July 2018 in Cologne, Germany. For more information visit: http://www.eli-net.eu/events/elinet-association-symposium-2018-cologne. The call for contributions has been extended to 30 April, so get in quick!

We hope that you had an excellent festive season and a well-deserved rest. 2017 was full of surprises and ended on a troubled note with the release of the results of PIRLS 2016 which reported that 8 in 10 children in the country are unable to read for meaning. No doubt, you are aware of the concerning picture that the results paint and LITASA reaffirms our dedication to literacy and to our citizens. We hope that you will join us in standing firm and recommit with us to help every person in South Africa reach their full potential.

On a brighter note, we wish you all the best for 2018. May it be your most productive and prosperous year yet! We are looking forward to partnering with you in your literacy activities this year.

Our branches will be holding their annual AGMs during February so please check the relevant branch page in the coming weeks for information on this important meeting. It is your chance to mingle with people in your area, find out more about your local branch and maybe even get involved as an exco member!

As always, our national board will be meeting in March to report on 2017 activities, take stock and set our goals for the year.

The website continues to be developed this year and we hope to be adding some exciting new sections to the members’ area soon.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you have. See you during the year!


The Gauteng branch of LITASA is a vibrant and well-supported community of literacy specialists. We host workshops in Johannesburg and Pretoria but welcome any interested people from across the wonderful province of Gauteng to join our events. You can contact us on gauteng@litasa.org.za. We would love to hear from you!

2018 NEWS

Annual General Meeting

Time: Workshop 14:00 - 15:00 ; AGM 15:15 to 16:00

Venue: Unisa Muckleneuk Campus; Room to be confirmed.

Cost: Members Free; Non-members R50

Workshop presenter: Kevin McCaughey (United States Embass)

Workshop title: Activate games for critical thinking

Participants will engage with Activate Games, a publication from the U.S. Department of State. Activate exemplifies, in fact insists on, a learner-centered approach to literacy, one that assumes literacy entails the abilities to read, write, speak, and listen - and, one hopes - to combine these skills to allow learners the opportunity to examine their lives and the world around them. In classrooms the world over, and in South Africa too, learners get little classroom time to put their minds together, share opinions, or solve problems while developing their English. Activate Games provide a schematic for doing so. They are open-ended, without correct or incorrect answers. Learner opinions and experience are what matter.