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On March 6, 2013, the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called on all in SA to read aloud to the children in their lives in recognition of World Read Aloud Day. Now in its fourth year, World Read Aloud was started by LitWorld to celebrate the power and beauty of words, and advocate for children’s rights to read and write. With reading aloud shown to be “the single...
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Nal'ibali launches mobisite

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March, 14th 2013
With 29 million South Africans using mobile phones (Neilsen Southern Africa, 2011), the Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is proud to deliver children's stories, literacy tips and updates to users via its new mobisite. Visit www.nalibali.mobi on your mobile phone for: Children's stories in Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi and Sesotho Tips and articles on ways to grow a love of reading among your children Advice and strategies on how to run...
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Putting books in the hands of children

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February, 14th 2013
On a hot, dry February day, in a heat that would normally make the most attentive     student lethargic, a Grade 4 class is rapt. Seated cross-legged on the floor, their  mouths agape, eyes bright and never wavering, they focus intently on the woman turning the pages of ‘Jack’s Tractor’ by Thomas Taylor. Throughout the story, they repeat sounds and words back at...
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One could have easily mistaken the adult reading workshop for a pre-school class as grown men and women jumped up and down, sang and performed theatrics – all in the name of promoting literacy. The Nal’ibali regional training workshop hit the Grahamstown area at the weekend as part of a national drive to get children and adults reading for enjoyment in a bid to inspire...
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Festival opens the way for a love of reading

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December, 4th 2012
The Open Book Festival is an innovative and exciting event that hopes to build a love of reading among South African youth. Ahead of 2012's Festival, where Nal'ibali participated in a panel on reading-for-enjoyment, we caught up with festival co-ordinator Frankie Murrey to talk literacy, libraries and growing a love of books and reading among young people. Join Nal’ibali for a panel discussion about the importance of...
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The gift of giving... books & stationery

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December, 4th 2012
Nal’ibali is about creating conditions that support learning. Children have to experience reading in the same way that adults do. They have to be able to choose books they like, read in the languages they want to read in, write what they like and find comfortable spaces to read in and feel nurtured. In reading club spaces, children have to feel the excitement we...
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Schools and reading clubs were given the opportunity to win quality reading material in a variety of languages through a mini library competition run in the Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment supplements in 2012. After SMS'ing their details, the following winners were randomly selected from hundreds of entries received. Nokukhanya Ndlovu, KZN Nokukhanya Ndlovu, a local teacher at the Sandasonke Primary School in KwaZulu-Natal is dedicated to getting the...
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Why join the Nal’ibali network?

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November, 28th 2012
By signing up to be a member of the Nal’ibali network you are showing your support for using the power of stories to inspire children to want to read and write. Other benefits of registering with the Nal’ibali network include: Access to our free newsletter with event updates, news round-ups, exclusive giveaways and even more storytelling and reading tips and ideas Adding your comments to articles and...
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Posted on October 2nd, 2015 in News & updates   The team behind the Nal’ibali supplement come from all walks of life, but they all share one passion: the love of language and literature. As the only bilingual resource of its kind in South Africa – the supplement offers the children and their caregivers the opportunity to enjoy stories and read material in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi, Sesotho...
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Zimkhitha Mlanzeli is an author and editor at the FunDza Literacy Trust. She mentors young aspirant writers in a bid to give back to the reading community that made her: “I’m Remo Modise, I saw a piece I wrote, LIFE AFTER MATRIC, published on Mxit. I wanted to say thank you for the support and also for believing in me.” – Remo Modise This is what I...
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