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Women's month: Literacy superwomen

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August, 17th 2015
This Women’s Day we salute local librarians, teachers and literacy activists for being inspiring change-makers in their community. The literacy librarian: Edith Khuzwayo Edith Fezeka Khuzwayo, the Managing Librarian at the Murray Park Library under the City Of Johannesburg, is one of those community members who should be celebrated not just on Women’s Day, but every day of the year. In addition to managing the day-to-day running...
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Nal’ibali's holiday Story Power

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July, 23rd 2015
Nal’ibali’s Holiday Programme was in full force this year, spreading the message that reading is an enjoyable part of daily life. Our Literacy Mentors across the country set up holiday reading programmes that ran straight throughout the July school break. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session was designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and unusual ways....
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South African stories for South African youth

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June, 16th 2015
Youth Month is a good time to reflect on the past. Our past. It is when we take a moment of silence to remember those who died to liberate us. It is important to remember. And stories are an essential part of remembering. Stories enable us to view past events as if we were part of it. As readers we are able to step into...
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Reading to young children: The cognitive benefits

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June, 16th 2015
With US paediatricians now prescribing reading with children as part of their essential care,  Malini Mohana speaks with local experts to see how they think the power of stories can shape children’s social, cognitive and emotional wellbeing. Storytelling is the primal way in which human beings organise and compartmentalise their experiences. We’re not just narrators of things that happen around us; we’re also the narrators...
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Calling on dads to pass on a love of reading this Father's Day

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June, 15th 2015
They're just words on a page, but books can take you places and open up worlds of wonder, enlightenment, and imagination for your children. This June Gus Silber reflects on the role his own father played in shaping his future through books and stories and the power of parents to pass this important tradition on. I grew up in a house without walls, and a...
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In praise of reading aloud

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June, 14th 2015
South African author Linda Rode is well known in the children’s book world as an avid collector and lover of fairytales.  Having authored three prize-winning children’s books of her own, compiled and contributed to a further twelve children’s anthologies and translated numerous of books and stories for children, her storytelling style is perfect for reading aloud: Since it’ll be three to four years before the...
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How family storytelling helps us grow

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June, 14th 2015
Award-winning SA author, Maxine Case, reflects on the role of intergenerational storytelling in preserving family history and supporting children’s literacy development:  During the school holidays my sisters and I would join our cousins at our grandmother’s house. With ten children underfoot, Ma had little time to devote to any of us, but she was fond of me. Like her, I was a bookworm. Ma knew...
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A conversation to expand mother tongue thought horizons

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June, 14th 2015
Phiwayinkosi Mbuyazi is igniting the minds of teenagers and contributing to the advancement of South African indigenous languages through his translation of scientific books. In this process he has invented almost 500 new isiZulu words. Mbuyazi spoke to us about how the importance of nurturing mother tongue languages in the educational and academic world:   Of all the creatures in the animal kingdom we, the humans, are...
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Choosing books for children

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June, 14th 2015
Verushka Louw, a children’s bookseller who works at an independent bookshop in Cape Town (The Book Lounge), tells us how important it is to choose the right book at the right time for children: I was a library child. We moved around a lot when I was younger and I did not have many of my own books, so in each new town I soon...
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What PRAESA's award means for literacy in South Africa

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June, 14th 2015
Jonathan Jansen, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of the Free State, speaks to us about what PRAESA's Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award means for the literacy landscape of South Africa: Growing up amidst the poverty and hardship of the Cape Flats, I remember one thing from my childhood—it was how the presence of books would come to change my life forever. My mother was a nurse...
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