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One of the leading contributors to South Africa’s illiteracy crisis is a lack of access to leisure reading material and books in different African languages. At the forefront of the battle to eradicate illiteracy in the Northern Cape, are literacy activist, Susanna Steenkamp (42) and community leader, Antoinette de Koker (56) from Danielskuil. Susanna and Antoinette stands tall amongst South African women who are committed...
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Educational experts reckon the fixing of the literacy crisis in South Africa requires the coming together of multiple role players. One of such players is literacy activist, Boniswa Mkhumbeni (26) from Soutpan, Brandfort. Mkhumbeni stands tall amongst South African women who are committed to transforming their communities through education. She supports children across four Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in Soutpan, along with their parents...
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The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment-campaign’s partnership with  Trevor Noah Foundation (TNF) will see a community-driven literacy intervention programme rolled out across seven schools in Braamfischerville, Gauteng. The schools form part of TNF’s Khulani Schools Programme (KSP), which contributes to inclusive and equitable access to quality education. While the KSP has solely supported secondary education in the past, the partnership with Nal’ibali to improve literacy represents the programme’s...
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My name is Nosicelo Dongwana but most people call me Darly. I was born and grew up in Grahamstown (Makhhanda). Later I moved with my family to Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha). I have written ten stories for Nal’ibali, out of which two were selected and are going to be published and used by Nal’ibali on different platforms. I’m excited that my stories will be translated into...
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Yizani Sifunde

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May, 31st 2022
Yizani Sifunde (isiXhosa for ‘come lets read’) is a community project with Nal'ibali, Book Dash and Wordworks; delivering high-quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) training to communities in the Eastern Cape. Collaborations yield the best success when partners do what they do best. Nal'ibali was chosen to train adults on how to run and/or support reading clubs using our bilingual newspaper story supplement as a tool.         ...
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The Nal'ibali Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that following a rigorous search, Nqabakazi Mathe-Gina has been appointed as Nal'ibali's new Director from 1 April 2022. 
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Gogo's Tips: Celebrating African languages

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February, 21st 2022
Hello! It’s Gogo here. February 21 is International Mother Language Day, and I want to remind you of the importance of African languages. Afrikaans:PDF    English: PDF   IsiXhosa: PDF  IsiZulu: PDF
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Nal’ibali makes me feel welcome as a writer

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February, 10th 2022
My name is Jane Rumbidzai Semu. I am a Zimbabwean living in Cape Town, South Africa. Thabo’s Diary is the first story I have submitted to Nalibali. I did it as a response to Nal’ibali’s Call for stories. My inspiration for writing children’s stories comes from my late mother. As a child, I grew up in a township where there was no access to a local...
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Celebrating 10 years of World Read Aloud Day

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January, 17th 2022
If, ‘The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page,’ then Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – has been the catalyst for millions of lifetime journeys. Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for ‘Here’s the story’) was founded in 2012 to spark children's potential through storytelling and reading. Each year since, it has been leading literacy change in SA by galvanising adults into reading...
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Nal'ibali helped me reach more kids as a writer

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November, 15th 2021
My name is Mbali Dipuo Kgame. I was born in Zola in Soweto, but grew up in a small, isolated township called Poortjie in the Vaal. As a teen, I moved back to Zola, so both places have influenced my writing and creativity. I have written two stories for Nal’ibali, Hair Magic for Radio Stories Season 5 and The Djembe Drum for Season 6. Hair...
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