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Celebs lend their voices to Nal'ibali Mother Tongue Day PSA

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February, 19th 2015
Nal’ibali has collaborated with SA role models and public figures to highlight the importance of mother tongue languages in children’s literacy development this International Mother Tongue Day, Saturday 21 February. By asking participants to try to read a children’s story – in a language they didn’t understand – Nal’ibali has created a poignant Public Service Announcement (PSA) highlighting the challenges faced by many young children as...
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Lessons in learning: Why English is not enough

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February, 18th 2015
This International Mother Tongue Day, Dr Pamela Maseko, Senior Lecturer at the School of Language in African Languages Studies at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown, analyses the role of multilingualism in education. We all learn better when we understand what the teacher says and the language we understand best, in normal situations, is, of course, our mother tongue. In our context, mother tongue refers to the language...
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Western Cape Government awards Nal'ibali prize for best language development contribution

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February, 10th 2015
Honoured for its work in Western Cape in the field of multilingualism and mother tongue literacy promotion, Nal’ibali, the reading-for-enjoyment campaign, was awarded the Best Contribution to Language Development prize at the annual Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards. The ceremony was held last night at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Initiated by PRAESA (The Project for the Study of Alternative Education), Nal'ibali is a national campaign working to...
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Pop-up bookstores help spread Story Power

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February, 3rd 2015
In support of our New Year’s drive to get parents to adopt reading resolutions, we held two pop-up bookstores in Cape Town and Soweto on 31 January. Not only were the ‘bookstores’ a chance for people to choose books to take home and enjoy with their children, but also the opportunity for the Nal’ibali team to hand out Story Power Pacts - which is part of...
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Pop-up bookstores help spread Story Power

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February, 3rd 2015
In support of our New Year’s drive to get parents to adopt reading resolutions, we held two pop-up bookstores in Cape Town and Soweto on 31 January. Not only were the ‘bookstores’ a chance for people to choose books to take home and enjoy with their children, but also the opportunity for the Nal’ibali team to hand out Story Power Pacts - which is part of...
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Nal'ibali's year in review: 2014

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January, 14th 2015
In 2014, celebrities, organisations, and most importantly, caregivers and parents helped us spread the power of stories across the country. Let’s take a look at the best of these inspiring moments! Embracing International Mother Tongue Day To celebrate the importance of mother  tongue languages in South Africa, celebrities tweeted for us in their home language, helping to get #InMyLanguage trending on Twitter.  The celebs who helped...
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Nal'ibali's year in review: 2014

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January, 14th 2015
In 2014, celebrities, organisations, and most importantly, caregivers and parents helped us spread the power of stories across the country. Let’s take a look at the best of these inspiring moments! Embracing International Mother Tongue Day To celebrate the importance of mother  tongue languages in South Africa, celebrities tweeted for us in their home language, helping to get #InMyLanguage trending on Twitter.  The celebs who helped...
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South African Airways partners with Nal’ibali to bring home the power of storytelling and reading

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December, 12th 2014
Johannesburg, 11 December 2014 - These school holidays, South African Airways (SAA) has partnered with the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to help children soar to great heights through storytelling and reading. During December and January 2015, passengers travelling with children, and  unaccompanied minors, will be offered a specially-developed magazine containing two children’s stories written by local authors, fun literacy activities, and  a holiday “reading passport” with challenges...
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South African Airways partners with Nal’ibali to bring home the power of storytelling and reading

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December, 12th 2014
Johannesburg, 11 December 2014 - These school holidays, South African Airways (SAA) has partnered with the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to help children soar to great heights through storytelling and reading. During December and January 2015, passengers travelling with children, and  unaccompanied minors, will be offered a specially-developed magazine containing two children’s stories written by local authors, fun literacy activities, and  a holiday “reading passport” with challenges...
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Lead SA: Sunday Times publishes story time in Afrikaans, Sesotho, isiXhosa and isiZulu

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December, 8th 2014
The Sunday Times, in partnership with PRAESA (The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), recently launched the Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storybook in four new languages. As part of the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, the storybook called ‘Storytime’ was introduced for the first time in English last year. This year, through a generous donation of funds from readers and the Little Hands Trust, and in...
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