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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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Written by Buhle Ngaba   Being a storyteller is one of the most important aspects of my identity. I can't remember a time when I wasn't searching for expression in one way or another, whether as an actor on a stage, on my couch with pen and paper in hand, or in an art class. As a child, I read books at an alarming rate and...
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Women who wrote themselves into history

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August, 29th 2018
Written by Athambile Masola  I have been lucky enough to immerse myself in the world of books and history for a year now, while reading for my postgraduate degree. I have had the time to sit with old newspapers and books to explore the world of the past.  I have been drawn to the writing of women who were changemakers and activists, with Pumla Ellen Ngozwana...
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Will you be SA's next Story Bosso?

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August, 23rd 2018
This Literacy Month, Nal’ibali proudly invites all South Africans to enter the fourth annual Story Bosso multilingual storytelling talent search, by telling us your favourite hero-inspired story. This year, to inspire greatness in our children and to keep the memory of South African heroes alive, we are placing a special focus on remembering and telling the stories of our heroes. Anyone can enter – all ages...
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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, which can still be felt in...
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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 that 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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