Carole Bloch is Executive Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), an independent research and development unit’ affiliated with the University of Cape Town. Since 1992, she has worked to transform the way children learn to read and write, putting stories, meaning-making and enjoyment at the centre of learning. She has researched young children’s biliteracy learning in multilingual African settings, facilitated teacher training and published several storybooks for children in many African languages.
Carole is the founder and a trustee of the Little Hands Trust, which supports the development and use of children’s literature in Africa. She applied experience and understandings from PRAESA to co-initiate Nal’ibali and lead the start-up phase of the campaign.
PRAESA now continues as a partner with Nal’ibali, delivering content, guiding curriculum and helping to ensure literacy and literary quality.