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It takes a village to keep libraries alive

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March, 23rd 2018
The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) celebrates South African Library Week from 19-25 March 2018 with the theme, Libraries: Heart of the Community. SA Library Week was initiated in 2001 by LIASA to be a commemorative period recognised by government for all types of libraries across the country to market their services. This development was partially due to joint ventures, partnerships,...
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The importance of storytelling to a child

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March, 9th 2018
The Importance of Storytelling to a Child By: Adelia Davis Childhood is all about exploration and discovery. These two major components of early development come in small, simple ways, like a baby touching their toes for the first time, as well as monumental moments, like a child taking their first steps. Caregivers and children cherish these little victories, because they pinpoint growth. Opportunities to explore don’t...
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Pioneers of Mother Language

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February, 21st 2018
21 February is International Mother Language - observed since Feb 2000 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. 2018 theme is : “Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development."   To celebrate this day we would like to pay homage to Africans who have made a significant contribution to the development of South African literature in all official languages..​ Here is a list...
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Be part of our International Mother Language Day activities

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February, 20th 2018
We are celebrating International Mother Language Day and we don't want you to miss out.  Mother Tongue Day Nal'ibali events : 21 February 2018 Province  Date  LM Venue  Time  Guest EC   Madoda Ndlakuse   VUBA Primary School Hall  11:00am - 13:00pm Mr Thandile Kona                          EC   Malusi  Puwe  Elufefeni Primary  10:00am-11:30am SGB Chairperson             EC   Abongile Davani  Johannes Nothyawa Community Hall, Mgxabakazi Village, Amajingqi,Willovale  11:00am-12:30pm                           KZN    Sanelisiwe Intshanga Primary School 15:00pm - 16:30pm Mr. M. Mtolo (Community activist)                                     GP   Molefe Tebelelo Primary School 14:30pm - 15:30pm       Portia Daniso Presbyterian church of Southern Africa                  Limpopo    Salome Maluleke  Megoring Primary School in Mentz village  07:00am-...
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Celebrating International Mother Language Day: Join the conversation

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February, 19th 2018
Nal'ibali invites you to attend this year's International Mother Language Day event on the 21st of February 2018.  The event will be an open panelist discussion fascillitated by Nal'ibali's Literacy Mentor, Thandoxolu Mkoyi. The panel will compromise of 3 speakers namely:  Dr. Nomfundo Mali from PANSALB Ms Somikazi Deyi from UCT, African languages department Ms Bulelwa Basse, the founder of the Lyrical Base Project, an arts and culture organisation. The...
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We did it! Over 1 million children read to

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February, 13th 2018
The Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called on all in South Africa to read aloud to the children in their lives in recognition of World Read Aloud Day. World Read Aloud Day was started by LitWorld to celebrate the power and beauty of words, and advocate for children’s rights to read and write. Nal’ibali Ambassadors and Nal’ibali partners were encouraged to print out the story and share it within...
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Helping parents and children get set up for the new year

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January, 18th 2018
Xolisa Guzula The new year has started and as parents and caregivers we are preparing our children for the start of the new school year. Our children are transitioning from one grade to another and from one phase to another, and each phase or grade has its new challenges. I can see from social media updates that parents are already getting anxious about helping their...
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Meet Zukiswa Wanner: Our WRAD storyteller

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January, 15th 2018
There is no doubt that Zukiswa Wanner is one of South Africa's most talented authors and storytellers. Her debut novel, The Madam, was published in 2006 and since then Zukisw'a has remained relevant and one of the most important voices of our time. This year's World Read Aloud Day story, 'The final minute' was written by Zukiswa. She will also be the storyteller at the...
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Join me in reading aloud

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January, 15th 2018
As 2017 wound down, South Africa heard news that broke our collective hearts. A report by Progress in International Literacy Study (PIRLS) alerted us that, in case you missed it, 78 percent of South African fourth graders cannot read for meaning in any language. This, despite education being one of the ministries that consistently gets a bigger chunk of the national budget annually. So...
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Nal'ibali holiday activities

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December, 18th 2017
With the festive season upon us, Nal’ibali invites all children, parents and caregivers to be part of our holiday activations. Our skilled storytellers are waiting to welcome you in your area. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session has been designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and engaging ways. The holiday programme starts on the 12th December and runs...
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