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Be part of our book exchange activities

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May, 21st 2018
  LMs Book Exchange plans – Venue + time Eastern Cape Name Date Partner Activity Venue Time Madoda Ndlakuse - madoda@nalibali.org 26 May 2018    Book Exchange Event Mgwenyana Street 33 NU6 Motherwell Circle 09:00 – 11:00 Malusi Puwe - malusi@nalibali.org  22 May 2018 Partner School Reading Club leaders from Motherwell, Zwide,Helenvale, Rotary to be invited Book Exchange event Zwide Library   Abongile Davani - abongile@nalibali.org 26 May 2018   Book exchange event Shixini Methodist Church- kuVulandi Administrative Area     Free State Name  Date Partner Activity  Venue Time Mamoilwa Elisa Moreki Welkom mamoilwa@nalibali.org 24 May 2018 Endowed gift group, SAPS and department...
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Nal'ibali to launch a book exchange this May

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May, 17th 2018
‘Books are a uniquely portable magic’ - Stephen King There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.  Which is why NGO, The Nal’ibali Trust, is expanding on its reading-for-enjoyment campaign, to initiate a national book exchange project in the week of 26 May. Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali’s Managing Director says, “Literacy Mentors across the country will be hosting public book exchange events, where everyone...
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Preserving and promoting mother language

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May, 9th 2018
By Somikazi Deyi For many decades Africa has been the only place in the world where most children are taught in the language that is not their own.  This places African languages at the centre of discussion where education is concerned. The discourse starts from whether they have enough terminology and vocabulary to be languages of teaching and learning; of the economy and wealth; law and...
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It is important for children to see themselves in books

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May, 8th 2018
It is important for children to see themselves in books Athol Williams “It broke my heart to hear my son ask whether black boys can also be heroes.” This is what a friend told me when asked about his eight-year old’s reaction to the characters that he sees in his books. If none of the heroes looked like him, the young, avid reader reasoned, then perhaps...
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Nal'ibali to add more languages to their Literacy Supplements

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April, 10th 2018
Nal’ibali - South Africa’s national reading-for-enjoyment campaign - is proud to be adding two more South African languages to their literacy newspaper supplements. Setswana and Xitsonga readers can now enjoy the Nal’ibali supplements in their mother languages from mid-April 2018. This latest addition brings the total number of languages to eight, for Nal’ibali’s bilingual supplements. It is a significant milestone for Nal’ibali, who fully...
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Nal'ibali connects children and caregivers across SA to local libraries

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April, 9th 2018
Nal’ibali is South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign aimed at using reading and storytelling to ignite the creative and critical potential of all children, especially those who do not have access to reading material, like many children who speak African languages. For SA Library Week, which takes place between 16 -23 March, Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors will be connecting 2 000 children from more than 25 primary...
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It takes a village to keep libraries alive

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March, 23rd 2018
The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) celebrates South African Library Week from 19-25 March 2018 with the theme, Libraries: Heart of the Community. SA Library Week was initiated in 2001 by LIASA to be a commemorative period recognised by government for all types of libraries across the country to market their services. This development was partially due to joint ventures, partnerships,...
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The Importance of Storytelling to a Child

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March, 9th 2018
The Importance of Storytelling to a Child By: Adelia Davis Childhood is all about exploration and discovery. These two major components of early development come in small, simple ways, like a baby touching their toes for the first time, as well as monumental moments, like a child taking their first steps. Caregivers and children cherish these little victories, because they pinpoint growth. Opportunities to explore don’t...
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Pioneers of Mother Language

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February, 21st 2018
21 February is International Mother Language - observed since Feb 2000 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. 2018 theme is : “Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development."   To celebrate this day we would like to pay homage to Africans who have made a significant contribution to the development of South African literature in all official languages..​ Here is a list...
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Be part of our International Mother Language Day activities

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February, 20th 2018
We are celebrating International Mother Language Day and we don't want you to miss out.  Mother Tongue Day Nal'ibali events : 21 February 2018 Province  Date  LM Venue  Time  Guest EC   Madoda Ndlakuse   VUBA Primary School Hall  11:00am - 13:00pm Mr Thandile Kona                          EC   Malusi  Puwe  Elufefeni Primary  10:00am-11:30am SGB Chairperson             EC   Abongile Davani  Johannes Nothyawa Community Hall, Mgxabakazi Village, Amajingqi,Willovale  11:00am-12:30pm                           KZN    Sanelisiwe Intshanga Primary School 15:00pm - 16:30pm Mr. M. Mtolo (Community activist)                                     GP   Molefe Tebelelo Primary School 14:30pm - 15:30pm       Portia Daniso Presbyterian church of Southern Africa                  Limpopo    Salome Maluleke  Megoring Primary School in Mentz village  07:00am-...
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