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The power of translation

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September, 22nd 2015
Kholeka Sigenu is an award-winning author from the Eastern Cape. A former teacher and storyteller, she made it one of her life goals to help preserve the traditional African tales told to her by her grandmother. Take a look at her experience of sharing the power of stories in different languages: A couple of years after publishing my folktales book, Ezakowethu, in my mother tongue IsiXhosa, I decided to...
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Why listening to stories is part of learning to read

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September, 21st 2015
In his insightful book, The Rights of the Reader, Daniel Pennac comments: “When someone reads aloud, they raise you to the level of the book. They give you reading as a gift.” People who love reading know the precise value of that gift, and how to access it. But there are those who cannot read, both children and adults. In days gone by, storytelling and,...
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Greater Tygerberg Partnership and Nal’ibali transform a parking bay into a library for a day

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September, 17th 2015
On  Friday, 18 September 2015, the Greater Tygerberg Partnership and Nal’ibali will transform an everyday parking bay into an outdoor library and reading space. As part of a broader international movement, led locally by Open Streets Cape Town, the library will be one of several transformations of parking bays across the city. International Park(ing) Day is celebrated on 18 September each year to transform parking...
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Story Bosso: Nal'ibali launches storytelling competition

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September, 2nd 2015
This September, Nal’ibali is launching a nationwide storytelling competition to find South Africa’s first ‘Story Bosso’. Aimed at reawakening a love of storytelling and reading among South Africans of all ages, the competition will connect the public to ideas and inspiration on how to tell stories and read aloud to others; showcase a range of local stories (in all South African languages), as well...
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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 Trainer Malusi Ntoyapi named a 'Top 200 Young South African'

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July, 31st 2015
Nal'ibali's early literacy trainer and programmes support officer is one of Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2015! Take a look at Malusi's profile, his achievements and his passion for literacy and social change: Malusi Ntoyapi works at Praesa (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) on the Nal’ibali reading for enjoyment campaign as an early literacy trainer and programmes...
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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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Nal'ibali, Media24 and Mandela Day: Video

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July, 21st 2015
Nal'ibali teamed up with Media24 and South African celebrities to inspire parents and caregivers across the nation to join our Mandela Day Read-A-Fun! The aim of the campaign is to help adults realise that they have the power to instill a love of reading in their children, by simply reading aloud to them everyday. Celebs who took part in the Read-a-Fun included ministers, judges, sports stars,...
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Nal'ibali and Pan Macmillan celebrate the memory of Madiba with children across South Africa

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July, 15th 2015
The Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign has joined forces with publisher Pan Macmillan to inspire even more children with the picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s bestselling autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Abridged by the late award-winning author Chris van Wyk, the book brings Madiba to life for a younger generation – from his childhood days as a young village boy to his campaign for freedom across the...
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Nal'ibali and Pan Macmillan Call for Applications: Book Giveaway

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July, 9th 2015
In celebration of Mandela Day, we have joined forces with publisher Pan Macmillan to inspire more children with the picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s bestselling autobiography, 'Long Walk to Freedom'.  Abridged and revised for young children by late award-winning author Chris van Wyk, this version brings to life Madiba's  journey from his childhood days as a young village boy to his campaign for freedom across...
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