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Increasing pressure on the publishing industry, plus a shrinking reading culture, hasn't changed the enormous lifelong benefit of reading to children from early childhood. With South Africa having eleven official languages, how do we ensure children across the country access these benefits in their mother tongue? By Jade Jacobsohn, Managing Director at Nal’ibali.  ------------- According to UNESCO, “Illiteracy and poverty constitute a mutually reinforcing, vicious cycle...
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Milton Sekhaolelo
[To listen to the winning stories, click here. ] Story Bosso is a multilingual storytelling contest designed to provide aspiring storytellers with an opportunity to showcase their talent and to promote storytelling in all official South African languages. It’s an initiative of South Africa’s national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali. The theme for this year’s talent search was ‘South African Heroes’.  By remembering and telling the stories of our heroes, the...
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The importance of libraries

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October, 31st 2018
I grew up in a community that did not have many libraries. I was born and raised in Gugulethu. The only thing we did every Saturday morning was go to Luyolo Arts Centre and listen to a few ladies telling us about girl guides. Needless to say, this was boring, it felt like an un-official church. I listened anyway.  I wanted more for myself...
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DGMT and Primedia have recently launched one of the country’s largest-ever national outdoor media campaigns, demonstrating the power of early childhood development to change the future of South Africa. The billboard campaign will showcase three large-scale initiatives to prevent nutritional stunting and promote early learning and reading –namely Grow Great, SmartStart and Nal’ibali. It comes at a time when South Africa is looking for greater...
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Of Literacy and Love

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October, 22nd 2018
Reading-for-joy as a strategy for development must be a priority on South Africa’s agenda. In fact, it needs to be our next big revolution, says Dr Sebabatso Manoeli. As Literacy Month ended in September, it is vital that our literacy woes do not fall to the wayside until the month of September rolls back round again. We have heard repeatedly that, according to the most...
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Prize reflects the campaign’s commitment to supporting reading in South Africa On the 6th of October, South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, took third place at the African Union’s Innovation in Education Prize, rising ahead of six other emerging innovators from across the continent. The announcement came during the AU Commission’s Innovating Education in Africa Exhibition in Dakar, supported by the Senegalese Government and African partner...
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Celebrating Partner’s Imbizo’s

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September, 25th 2018
Nal’ibali is dedicated to promoting a culture of reading for enjoyment with its respective partner organisations and communities.  Our first partner intake in 2018 has successfully completed their Nal’ibali training,  and were rewarded with certificates of recognition and hampers containing books and other Nal’ibali reading materials.     Here are some imbizo celebration reflections, held by different provinces.             Your organisation or community can become a Nal’ibali partner too. When...
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Be part of our Story Bosso activities

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September, 4th 2018
  Our Literacy Mentors across the country will be hosting Story Bosso public events, where everyone is encouraged to showcase their storytelling skills. Find out where the nearest station is to you.  Eastern Cape  LM Name and Surname  Event Date Time  Venue Abongile Davani 4 September 09:00 - 13:00 Mbanga Primary School Butterworth Abongile Davani 8 September   09:00 - 13:00 Amalinda- Khulanathi Abongile Davani 24 September  09:00 - 13:00 Silatsha Primary School, Mooiplaas Abongile Davani 25 September 10:00 - 13:00 Amajingqi-Ngadla Community Hall Madoda Mdlakuse  18 September  12:00 Uitenhage Library   KwaZulu...
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Nal’ibali’s Story Powered Schools project has reached the halfway mark in its goal to create a culture of reading across 720 schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Working closely with schools over a 3-year period, the Department of Basic Education identified specific rural schools with the greatest need within these provinces, to develop basic literacy amongst its pupils.  The participating school’s’ key objective...
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This literacy and heritage month, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign – in collaboration with the South African office of the United Nations, will be using its annual multilingual storytelling contest, Story Bosso, to nurture a new generation of courageous and literate children. Launching on Friday, 31 August, and running for the month of September, this year’s contest has ‘South African Heroes’ as its...
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