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Literacy Mentors

Closing Date: 
16 March 2018
Based In: 
Mpumalanga (Nelspruit), Kwa-Zulu Natal (King Cetshwayo District), Eastern Cape (Buffalo District) and Gauteng (Tswane District)

X4 Literacy Mentors – Mpumalanga (Nelspruit), Kwa-Zulu Natal (King Cetshwayo District), Eastern Cape (Buffalo District) and Gauteng (Tswane District) 
Contract Duration: 12 Months-(01 Apri 2018 till 31 March 2019) 

Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. It seeks to spark and embed a culture of reading across South Africa, so that reading, writing, and sharing stories – in all South African languages – is part of everyday life.  Children who are surrounded by print and immersed in great and well-told stories – in languages they understand – are more curious, confident and motivated to learn. They develop vocabulary, strengthen memory, and nurture imagination. They’re more likely to become readers themselves, and to do well in school across all subjects. Since 2012, Nal’ibali has worked with state, civil society and business partners to make sure every South African child has opportunities to fall in love with books and stories. This includes founding partners DGMT, PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) and Tiso Blackstar (formerly Times Media). Through advocacy, training, and high-quality reading material, Nal’ibali is helping to nurture a reading nation. 
We are looking for a motivated individual with a passion for literacy to grow a culture of reading in the abovementioned communities.  


A Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor is focused on inspiring communities to participate in the reading-for-enjoyment campaign by identifying potential opportunities and resources to establish reading clubs and raising awareness through a variety of activities and events.     

These activities include the following: 
• arranging and attending stakeholder meetings,

• ongoing partner liaison,

• supporting and mentoring volunteers,

• providing and distributing reading materials,

• identifying training needs and facilitating sessions,

• Reporting writing, including M&E feedback

• Running Reading Clubs 


• At least 2 years’ community work experience.

• Relevant tertiary qualification in education or social development advantageous

• Excellent Written and verbal skills in English and one or more of African languages is essential

• Computer literacy (MS Office)

• A Proven interest and enthusiasm for literacy development and/or education. 

• Driver’s license essential

• Passion and energy to improve children's lives 

Should you meet the above requirements, please email your motivational letter and CV to work@nalibali.org with your name and surname, position title on the subject line, (e.g. Joe Soap: Literacy Mentor – Mpumalanga (Nelspruit).  Please ensure that you clearly indicate the area of the position you are applying for.  

Closing date: 16 March 2018