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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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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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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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