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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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A year of making impact and success for Nal’ibali

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December, 6th 2017
A year of making impact and success for Nal’ibali  The Nal'ibali Trust is built on simple logic:  that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa. The campaign was started in 2012 and this year we celebrated five years- a full five years of empowering young minds through storytelling and reading. Since our launch in 2012, we have solidly...
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Young SA Authors taking over the world

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December, 5th 2017
Young SA Authors taking over the world South Africa is home to young authors who are changing the game not only locally, but internationally. A reading nation is a winning nation and these young minds are contributing to creating more content for young ones. Here is a list of the youngest and most impressive writers born and bred in SA.  Michelle Nkamankeng, who in 2016 became the...
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16 Days of activism: Remembering the Children's Charter

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December, 3rd 2017
Children's rights in South Africa
The dawn of a new South Africa in 1994 not only came with a constitution, it also came with the The Children’s Charter.   In 1992, a special summit was held in Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose of this summit was to discuss the challenges faced by children living in South Africa and was attended by over 200 children between the ages of 12 and...
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Reading to Figure out Fact from Fake

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November, 28th 2017
Reading to Figure out Fact from Fake Jade Jacobsohn In the wake of the thwarted vote of no confidence against Jacob Zuma, my phone buzzed to life with the speedy humour and amateur autopsies that typically escort all big news events down the tawdry carpet of history. One message contained a recording from 702’s Bongani Bingwa’s talk show on Women’s Day. In it an anonymous caller, claiming...
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Stories: Evolutionary Tools of our Humanity

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November, 23rd 2017
Stories: Evolutionary Tools of our Humanity By Jade Jacobsohn Author Ursula K Le Guin once wrote, “there have been a great many societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” Which is peculiar. There is such huge diversity in the human experience that this consistent social norm, shared across every country and every culture, has fascinated anthropologists...
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School libraries matter

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November, 10th 2017
October is celebrated worldwide as school library month. School libraries are cherished as safe, physical spaces for children and young adults to read, inquire, and build new knowledge. In the 21st century, school libraries are increasingly identified as digital spaces too in which reading for personal and social development, research and exploration are encouraged. However, in South Africa, school library month went by largely...
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The Story Bosso Finalists are...

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October, 18th 2017
This year's Story Bosso contest received an overwhelming total of 6 317 entries from all over South Africa - by far our highest number of entries to date since we launched the contest in 2015. The entries we received were of a very high standard, which made choosing the best stories a tough process!   The theme for this year was intsomi (folktales). We held numerous events...
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Story Bosso Events: Schedule

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August, 31st 2017
Attend our exciting Story Bosso events closest to you! Take a look at our event details below and feel free to give us a call on  021 180 4080 if you have any questions or queries:   Organisation name Event Date Time Venue/Location Community Audition event 01-Sep 13:00 - 17:00 Dumalisile Methodist Church Soul City Institute 05-Sep 10:00 Nomaka Mbeki Village Comms Public Event 07-Sep 10:00 Eastern Cape Kenako Shopping Mall 09-Sep 10:00 Port Elizabeth Stephen Nkomo 01-Sep 10:00 - 17:00 KwaNobuhle Despatch 04-Sep 09:00 - 15:00 Uitenhage Free Kids ECD 05-Sep 10:00 - 13:00 Khayelitsha Own reading club 05-Sep 13:00...
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Women's Month writing competition

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August, 7th 2017
When we see women and girls represented as strong, beautiful and capable of anything, it makes it impossible for the world to tell us otherwise. - Buhle Ngaba This Women's Day, Nal'ibali and Buhle Ngaba collaborated to bring the story 'The girl without a sound' to even more South Africans by translating the story into isiXhosa and iziZulu. Our aim is to inspire children and adults...
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