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How stories develop empathy: Peter Gray

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November, 4th 2014
Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College (Massachusetts, USA) has conducted and published research in neuroendocrinology, developmental psychology, anthropology, and education. He also authors a regular blog called Freedom to Learn, for Psychology Today magazine. He speaks to us about the role of reading in developing empathy: Empathy is believed, by many psychologists, to be the biological foundation for morality.  To empathise is...
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Nal’ibali ‘Story Power’ flash mobs: Bringing home the power of stories

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October, 30th 2014
This month, Nal’ibali began the roll-out of its ‘Story Power: Bring It Home’ campaign. As part of the campaign, 500 multilingual billboards have been erected nationwide, imparting one important message: Stories have the power to change children’s lives, and PARENTS have the power to bring home those stories to their children. To celebrate the launch of the drive, and to engage communities in the messaging,...
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Reading to rise: Taryn Lock

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October, 28th 2014
Taryn Lock is the director of Read to Rise, and tells us about her journey to help create a literate South Africa. Years ago, she took a sabbatical to accompany her husband who was studying at Harvard, she didn’t realise that she’d come home with a different career path too. “While I was there, I thought I would keep myself busy by teaching English to...
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Puku launches isiXhosa story competition

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October, 2nd 2014
The PUKU Children’s Literature Foundation had their official launch for their isiXhosa Story Competition on Wednesday 1 October 2014  in Grahamstown.  Teachers, parents, students and community leaders attended the event at Nombulelo Secondary School in the Joza Township. This amazing story competition isn't simply about the powerful effects of creativity and writing. It strives to celebrate and promote the isiXhosa language - allowing a platform for children to express...
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Nal’ibali launches ‘Story Power. Bring it home.’ billboard campaign

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September, 30th 2014
OCTOBER 2014: Nal'ibali has launched a new billboard campaign to generate awareness and discussion around the power of stories to spark all children’s potential. Building on the simple logic that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa, the campaign seeks to inspire and motivate parents and caregivers to give their children a head-start in life, by...
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Hlubi Mboya, Nal’ibali and a Mermaid’s Purse

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September, 17th 2014
Hlubi Mboya took the South African silver screen by storm with her heartbreaking performance as Nandipa in Isidingo. After ten years of successfully fleshing out this character with talent and sensitivity, Hlubi has moved on to the freelance world to “grow my craft and reignite my faith in the industry”. Above and beyond her sprinting ambitions, she has always had a hand in social...
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The Soil, Nal’ibali and Musical Storytelling

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September, 16th 2014
The acapella group that has stolen South Africa’s heart – The Soil – worked hand-in-hand with us this Literacy Month to help spread awareness about the power of stories to shape children’s future. Hailing from Soweto, Buhlebendalo Mda, and brothers Luphindo and Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, shot to stardom as the winners of the 'Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award at the 2010 ‘National Arts Festival in Grahamstown....
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Puku and REDISA: isiXhosa writing competition

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September, 9th 2014
Celebrate the importance of storytelling this International Literacy Day   “It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller will never die in Africa, that all the children in the world may experience the wonder of books, and that they will never lose the capacity to enlarge their earthly dwelling place with the magic of stories” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela   Monday September 8: This International Literacy...
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Nal'ibali launches new app with Mxit Reach

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September, 1st 2014
This International Literacy Day, Monday September 8, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign has joined forces with Mxit Reach to launch a new and improved app to put children’s stories and literacy tips into the hands of even more South African caregivers and their children. The app is accessible via the Mxit social networking platform which now has five million monthly users. It will allow anyone...
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Turning Litter into Literacy Awareness for World Design Capital 2014

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August, 20th 2014
Selected to be one of the 460 transformative design projects toshowcase the role that design can play in social transformation, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign proudly launched itsWorld Design Capital 2014 project, Turning Litter Into Literacy Awareness, together with young readers from Schotse Kloof Primary School at the World Design Capital 2014 Pop-Up Space in Long Street on Saturday 16 August. Working together to create the first...
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