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Bontle Senne and the power of stories

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May, 4th 2017
Bontle Senne hopes to publish her third book for tweens in the nail-biting Shadow Chasers series before she turns thirty in October this year.  Heather Robertson asked  the talented author of Power of the Knife and Lake of Memories about the stories that  shaped the storyteller.  What are your earliest memories of being read to and told stories?   My mother swears that she told me...
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The 9-year-old author makes waves: Stacey Fru

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December, 13th 2016
Originally from Johannesburg, Stacey is an outgoing child who loves reading and writing.  This young star has written a book  titled “Smelly Cats”. Her work won in the category of Best Early Childhood Development Publication 2015; Special Mention Category. The book as also been qualified by the National Department of Basic Education as a Supplementary learning material at primary schools. Stacey is passionate about inspiring other children to reach...
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Story Bosso Terms and Conditions

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August, 30th 2016
1. The promoter is Nal'ibali Trust whose registered office is at Suite 17-201, Building 17, Waverley Business Park, Mowbray, 7700. 2. Employees of the Nal'ibali Trust or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition. 3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to...
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67 Ways to become a FUNda Leader this Mandela Day

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July, 15th 2016
Literacy development and reading-for-enjoyment is one the most effective ways to put children on the path to educational success. This is why FUNda Leaders across the country, with the help of Nal'ibali, are bringing the power of stories into their communities!  This Mandela Day, we've put together a list of 67 ways that you can bring literacy and reading to all the children in your...
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Top 15 ways YOU can be a FUNda Leader

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July, 8th 2016
FUNda Leaders across the country are stepping up to do wonderful things in their communities. The main thing they want to tell other prospective FUNda Leaders is that no matter how small the literacy activity, it has a huge impact on the children you're helping. So whether you have a few hours or just 30 minutes a week, there are things you can do...
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World Read Aloud Day 2016: The Ultimate Story Power Moment

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April, 14th 2016
In 2014, South Africans helped us read aloud to 50 000 children. In 2015, you helped us reach 166 360 children. And in 2016, thanks to parents, teachers, librarians, family members and hundreds of readers, we read to 365 849 children – more than double our previous number and an astounding record for Nal’ibali and South Africa! The power in partners This year, we joined forces with the...
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The little boy: A story for the teacher in all of us

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April, 14th 2016
This story was inspired by the work of the late Patrick Whitaker, a wonderful educator; Sara Stanley, an inspirational early years practitioner and Vivian Paley, the renowned American kindergarten teacher, now retired.  Once there was a little boy who started school. Each day his teacher would tell him stories. He loved the stories – stories about dragons and princes, about giants and hyenas, witches and...
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Why children’s invented spellings are not just cute

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April, 14th 2016
Have you wondered why there is so little continuity between learning in the foundation phase and the wonderfully rich invention that characteris es learning in the preschool years? Well, there is no abrupt turnaround in how young children learn just because they move into a school system. The enormous learning strides that children make before Grade 1 should continue by leaps and bounds. Having some...
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The power and point of reading aloud

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April, 14th 2016
Dr Carole Bloch is the director of The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA), which is driving the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign. Her own experience of reading is one that brought her to where she is now:   My favourite time all the way through school was at the end of a day, when our English teacher would say, “Put everything away,...
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Baby play a crucial pillar of literacy development

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April, 14th 2016
I have just achieved one of my ambitions as an early literacy specialist – helping to bring into being several little board books for babies and toddlers in all of our 11 official languages. You may ask why on earth babies and toddlers should get books when they can’t even talk yet, and how can it matter what language to use when the babies obviously...
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