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Women's month: Literacy superwomen

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August, 17th 2015
This Women’s Day we salute local librarians, teachers and literacy activists for being inspiring change-makers in their community. The literacy librarian: Edith Khuzwayo Edith Fezeka Khuzwayo, the Managing Librarian at the Murray Park Library in the City of Johannesburg, is one of those community members who should be celebrated not just on Women’s Day but every day of the year. In addition to managing the day-to-day running...
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Women's month: Literacy superwomen

Posted on
August, 17th 2015
This Women’s Day we salute local librarians, teachers and literacy activists for being inspiring change-makers in their community. The literacy librarian: Edith Khuzwayo Edith Fezeka Khuzwayo, the Managing Librarian at the Murray Park Library under the City Of Johannesburg, is one of those community members who should be celebrated not just on Women’s Day, but every day of the year. In addition to managing the day-to-day running...
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Nal'ibali's early literacy trainer and programmes support officer is one of Mail & Guardian's Top 200 Young South Africans for 2015! Take a look at Malusi's profile, his achievements and his passion for literacy and social change: Malusi Ntoyapi works at Praesa (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) on the Nal’ibali reading for enjoyment campaign as an early literacy trainer and programmes...
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Nal’ibali's holiday Story Power

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July, 23rd 2015
Nal’ibali’s Holiday Programme was in full force this year, spreading the message that reading is an enjoyable part of daily life. Our Literacy Mentors across the country set up holiday reading programmes that ran straight throughout the July school break. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session was designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and unusual ways....
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Nal'ibali, Media24 and Mandela Day: Video

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July, 21st 2015
Nal'ibali teamed up with Media24 and South African celebrities to inspire parents and caregivers across the nation to join our Mandela Day Read-A-Fun! The aim of the campaign is to help adults realise that they have the power to instill a love of reading in their children, by simply reading aloud to them everyday. Celebs who took part in the Read-a-Fun included ministers, judges, sports stars,...
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The Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign has joined forces with publisher Pan Macmillan to inspire even more children with the picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s bestselling autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. Abridged by the late award-winning author Chris van Wyk, the book brings Madiba to life for a younger generation – from his childhood days as a young village boy to his campaign for freedom across the...
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In celebration of Mandela Day, we have joined forces with publisher Pan Macmillan to inspire more children with the picture book version of Nelson Mandela’s bestselling autobiography, 'Long Walk to Freedom'.  Abridged and revised for young children by late award-winning author Chris van Wyk, this version brings to life Madiba's  journey from his childhood days as a young village boy to his campaign for freedom across...
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Youth Month is a good time to reflect on the past. Our past. It is when we take a moment of silence to remember those who died to liberate us. It is important to remember. And stories are an essential part of remembering. Stories enable us to view past events as if we were part of it. As readers, we are able to step into...
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With US paediatricians now prescribing reading with children as part of their essential care, Malini Mohana speaks to local experts to see how they think the power of stories can shape children’s social, cognitive and emotional wellbeing. Storytelling is the primal way in which human beings organise and compartmentalise their experiences. We’re not just narrators of things that happen around us; we’re also the narrators...
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They're just words on a page, but books can take you places and open up worlds of wonder, enlightenment, and imagination for your children. This June, Gus Silber reflects on the role his own father played in shaping his future through books and stories and the power of parents to pass on this important tradition. I grew up in a house without walls, and a...
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