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To commemorate the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is highlighting some of the values he embodied by sharing a special series of three children’s stories. Made possible through a collaboration with non-governmental organisation Heartlines, the stories focus on honesty, compassion and forgiveness and are an effective way for adults and caregivers to pass on these values...
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To commemorate the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is highlighting some of the values he embodied by sharing a special series of three children’s stories. Made possible through a collaboration with non-governmental organisation Heartlines, the stories focus on honesty, compassion and forgiveness and are an effective way for adults and caregivers to pass on these values...
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 Smangele Mathebula At the crux of great societal change, lies the spirit of young people and their audacious will to make change happen. This Youth Day we pay homage to the young people of June 16 1976, who made their voices heard against the oppressive language policies of the apartheid government. One must consider the inequality and application of these policies, that can still be...
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Become a Nal'ibali Partner

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July, 2nd 2018
Nal’ibali is dedicated to promoting a culture of reading for enjoyment within its respective partner organisations and communities. By becoming a Nal’ibali partner you will be registered as a FUNda Leader, and supported and celebrated throughout your journey.    As a Nal’ibali partner, you will receive:    • Three individual modular training sessions over six months with regular support and mentorship • Partner welcome package including training manuals, t-shirts,...
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Nal’ibali is looking for all individuals and organisations who uphold Nelson Mandela’s values on education. This year marks what would have been former president Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. His legacy still lives on and we’d like to celebrate it with you! Nelson Mandela believed that education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world. Our children have the potential...
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In the spirit of South African Youth Month, the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign is hosting a Youth Day round table panel discussion at Centre for the Book on Thursday, 14 June. The panel will include activists who are passionate about youth, language and advocacy work.  The story of 16 June 1976 encompasses two of Nal’ibali’s values – activism and the belief that every child...
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Picture taken by Themba Mbuyisa
Lebohang Masango Two musicians, a television presenter, a retail entrepreneur and myself, an anthropologist, are all seated around a table discussing the current state of South African youth. One of the musicians is a multilingual rapper, actress and currently producing a documentary on a cultural item of significance. The second musician has created a refreshing blend of Hip Hop with a youthful twist on the Maskandi...
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Be part of our book exchange activities

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May, 21st 2018
LMs Book Exchange plans – Venue + time Our Literacy Mentors across the country will be hosting public book exchange events, where everyone is encouraged to bring and swap a book. Find out where the nearest station to you is. Don't miss out on the reading fun!  Eastern Cape Name Date Partner Activity Venue Time Madoda Ndlakuse - madoda@nalibali.org 26 May 2018    Book Exchange Event Mgwenyana Street 33 NU6 Motherwell Circle 09:00 – 11:00 Abongile Davani - abongile@nalibali.org 26...
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‘Books are a uniquely portable magic’ - Stephen King There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.  Which is why NGO, The Nal’ibali Trust, is expanding on its reading-for-enjoyment campaign, to initiate a national book exchange project in the week of 26 May. Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali’s Managing Director says, “Literacy Mentors across the country will be hosting public book exchange events, where everyone...
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By Somikazi Deyi For many decades Africa has been the only place in the world where most children are taught in the language that is not their own.  This places African languages at the centre of discussion where education is concerned. The discourse starts from whether they have enough terminology and vocabulary to be languages of teaching and learning; of the economy and wealth; law and...
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