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Celebrating International Mother Language Day: Join the conversation

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February, 19th 2018
Nal'ibali invites you to attend this year's International Mother Language Day event on the 21st of February 2018.  The event will be an open panelist discussion fascillitated by Nal'ibali's Literacy Mentor, Thandoxolu Mkoyi. The panel will compromise of 3 speakers namely:  Dr. Nomfundo Mali from PANSALB Ms Somikazi Deyi from UCT, African languages department Ms Bulelwa Basse, the founder of the Lyrical Base Project, an arts and culture organisation. The...
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We did it! Over 1 million children read to

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February, 13th 2018
The Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called on all in South Africa to read aloud to the children in their lives in recognition of World Read Aloud Day. World Read Aloud Day was started by LitWorld to celebrate the power and beauty of words, and advocate for children’s rights to read and write. Nal’ibali Ambassadors and Nal’ibali partners were encouraged to print out the story and share it within...
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World Read Aloud Day Public Readings

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January, 30th 2018
  Eastern Cape     Region Literacy Mentor Location Motherwell Malusi Puwe Hombakazi Mafini, Isaac Booi & Zwide library Uitenhage Madoda Ndlakuse Mngucunube Noninzi AmaJingqi Uviwe Vakele Ngadla Nowaka & Khanyisa ECD AmaJingqi Vuyisa Somdaka Ntlahlabe Mgxabakazi & Lithalethu Day Care AmaJingqi Pelisa Nomandela Vulandi JSS & Vulandia ECD AmaJingqi Abongile Davani KuDumalisile Com School & Dumalisile Primary & clinic       Limpopo       Literacy Mentor Location   Salome Maluleke Diopong Primary school from 9am   Salome Maluleke Makanye Primary school from 11am   Salome Maluleke Mankweng Hospital from 1pm   Salome Maluleke Mankweng Library from 3pm Free State       Literacy Mentor Location   Elisa Moreki Lemotso Primary School from 8am   Elisa Moreki Thabong Primary...
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Get set up to read with your children and Nal'ibali in 2018

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January, 23rd 2018
To help set caregivers up to read with their children in the new year, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has compiled a special calendar highlighting some of the major literacy activities taking place in 2018. Complete with instructions on how to collect the cut-out-and-keep storybooks included in each edition of the campaign’s multilingual supplement, it will also assist young or new readers to...
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Helping parents and children get set up for the new year

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January, 18th 2018
Xolisa Guzula The new year has started and as parents and caregivers we are preparing our children for the start of the new school year. Our children are transitioning from one grade to another and from one phase to another, and each phase or grade has its new challenges. I can see from social media updates that parents are already getting anxious about helping their...
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Join me in reading aloud

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January, 15th 2018
As 2017 wound down, South Africa heard news that broke our collective hearts. A report by Progress in International Literacy Study (PIRLS) alerted us that, in case you missed it, 78 percent of South African fourth graders cannot read for meaning in any language. This, despite education being one of the ministries that consistently gets a bigger chunk of the national budget annually. So...
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Meet Zukiswa Wanner: Our WRAD storyteller

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January, 15th 2018
There is no doubt that Zukiswa Wanner is one of South Africa's most talented authors and storytellers. Her debut novel, The Madam, was published in 2006 and since then Zukisw'a has remained relevant and one of the most important voices of our time. This year's World Read Aloud Day story, 'The final minute' was written by Zukiswa. She will also be the storyteller at the...
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Turning the tide on the matric results

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January, 9th 2018
When the tide pulls back before a tsunami hits, they say that the beach is littered with beautiful starfish. Often people go down onto the beach and collect these star-shaped echinoderms, admiring their bright colours. In the distance, however the power of the ensuing wave builds. Reading the newspapers last week as the results of the National Senior Certificate (matric) were released felt a little bit...
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Nal'ibali Holiday Activities

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December, 18th 2017
With the festive season upon us, Nal’ibali invites all children, parents and caregivers to be part of our holiday activations. Our skilled storytellers are waiting to welcome you in your area. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session has been designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and engaging ways. The holiday programme starts on the 12th December and runs...
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Working together to solve illiteracy in South Africa

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December, 11th 2017
Where will you be in ten years’ time? Whether it’s a growing business or growing family, we all make plans for our future. Yet our future selves are either enabled or limited by our broader context. So, what is our national context in a generation’s time?  Results from a global literacy study last week paint a devastating picture. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study...
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