Carole Bloch is the Director of PRAESA. She has a PhD in early literacy in African settings from the Carl Ozietsky University, Oldenburg and has served as an early literacy consultant in several African countries. The main thrust of her work is to transform the way children learn to read and write, by helping to create conditions that put stories, meaning making and enjoyment at the centre of literacy and biliteracy learning. Carole is also a founder and trustee of The Little Hands Trust, which promotes and supports the development of children’s literature in Africa. She is now leading a team who are carrying out a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called Nal’ibali. Twitter: @CaroleBloch
Dorothy Dyer is the founder of Cover2Cover Books and the FunDza Literacy Trust, which uses innovative ways to get young South Africans reading for pleasure. A former English teacher who taught at a range of South African high schools, Dorothy has an enduring passion for getting her students to read. Dorothy is also the author of numerous teen novels and textbooks, and has run workshops to test materials and to develop students’ writing. She has a Masters from UCT in Applied Language and Literacy Studies, and has just completed her Masters in Creative Writing, also through UCT.