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PRAESA wins the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

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March, 31st 2015
The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the richest award in children's literature, and one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The award recognises "authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading" whose "work is of the highest quality." The objective of the award is to increase interest in children’s and young people's literature, and to promote children's rights to culture on a global scale. Nal'ibali is proud...
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Storytelling: The Crucial Curriculum

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March, 26th 2015
“We live storied lives” This World Storytelling Day, it’s important to understand how stories (from amusing tales to the story of your life) are the pixels that make up your understanding of the world. Stories are not something separate from life – they aren’t fictional pastimes. In fact,they are so prevalent that  they’re woven  tightly into the tapestry of every person’s life, and in incredibly...
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Nal'ibali celebrates World Storytelling Day at the Indie Book Fair

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March, 20th 2015
Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, will be celebrating World Storytelling Day this Friday, March 20, at the Indie Book Fair taking place at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg. In celebration of the day, and the power of stories, the campaign will be hosting a special storytelling session with guest storyteller and author, Zanele Ndlovu. “We are all born to tell stories, memorise and make...
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Nal’ibali and South Africa set a new read-aloud record

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March, 19th 2015
Last year, people across South Africa helped us read aloud to almost 50 000 children on World Read Aloud Day! In 2015, Nal’ibali was determined to share the power of reading aloud with even more children… And thanks to parents, teachers, librarians, reading club volunteers, and Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors, we managed to reach our goal and set a new reading record. On 4 March 2015, a...
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Tribute: Neville Alexander

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March, 16th 2015
Neville Alexander was the founder of the Project for Alternative Education (PRAESA) in South Africa. He was a visionary scholar and activist, and his fight for South African democracy became a call for multilingual education in post-apartheid South Africa. He believed that freedom is not simply about political change, but about cultural acceptance and cultural understanding through language. Language, Neville explained, underscores freedom and human dignity....
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Brain food for growing minds

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March, 2nd 2015
In South Africa, most of the adults who spend time with children in their various capacities as parents, teachers, care­givers, adopters or custodians, do not regularly read aloud to them. And even if they do, with repeated readings of favourite storybooks, most can’t sustain the activity long enough for it to become a habit. This is because if they choose to read in a mother...
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Celebrate World Read Aloud Day with Nal'ibali and Gcina Mhlophe

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February, 24th 2015
Nal’ibali is calling on all South Africans to join them in celebrating one of the most important dates in the literacy calendar, World Read Aloud Day, on Wednesday 04 March. Raising awareness of the importance of reading aloud for children’s literacy development, and attempting to break its read-aloud record from 2014, the campaign is asking adults across the country to read aloud the same story on the same...
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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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Video: Nal'ibali, Celebrities and Mother Tongue Day

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February, 19th 2015
Nal’ibali collaborated with South African role models and public figures to highlight the importance of mother tongue languages in children’s literacy development this International Mother Tongue Day! This video emphasises the challenges faced by many young children as they engage with print and other literacy materials in unfamiliar languages on a daily basis. Local celebs such as YouTube sensation, Suzelle DIY, actress and Freshlyground lead singer, Zolani Mahola, as well as soccer...
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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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