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The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) has been honoured with the prestigious international children’s literacy accolade, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). The announcement was made at a ceremony held yesterday, Tuesday 31 March, in Sweden. The ALMA is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature and reading promotion, and PRAESA is being celebrated for its work...
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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the richest award in children's literature, and one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The award recognises "authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading" whose "work is of the highest quality." The objective of the award is to increase interest in children’s and young people's literature, and to promote children's rights to culture on a global scale. Nal'ibali is proud...
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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the richest award in children's literature, and one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The award recognises "authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading" whose "work is of the highest quality." The objective of the award is to increase interest in children’s and young people's literature, and to promote children's rights to culture on a global scale. Nal'ibali is proud...
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The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) is the richest award in children's literature, and one of the richest literary prizes in the world. The award recognises "authors, illustrators, oral storytellers and promoters of reading" whose "work is of the highest quality." The objective of the award is to increase interest in children’s and young people's literature, and to promote children's rights to culture on a global scale. Nal'ibali is proud...
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Storytelling: The Crucial Curriculum

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March, 26th 2015
“We live storied lives” This World Storytelling Day, it’s important to understand how stories (from amusing tales to the story of your life) are the pixels that make up your understanding of the world. Stories are not something separate from life – they aren’t fictional pastimes. In fact,they are so prevalent that  they’re woven  tightly into the tapestry of every person’s life, and in incredibly...
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Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, will be celebrating World Storytelling Day this Friday, March 20, at the Indie Book Fair taking place at the Sunnyside Park Hotel in Johannesburg. In celebration of the day, and the power of stories, the campaign will be hosting a special storytelling session with guest storyteller and author, Zanele Ndlovu. “We are all born to tell stories, memorise and make...
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Last year, people across South Africa helped us read aloud to almost 50 000 children on World Read Aloud Day! In 2015, Nal’ibali was determined to share the power of reading aloud with even more children… And thanks to parents, teachers, librarians, reading club volunteers, and Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors, we managed to reach our goal and set a new reading record. On 4 March 2015, a...
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What we become depends on what we read

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March, 16th 2015
Righardt le Roux is the Nal’ibali School and Public Library Co-ordinator. Best known for his entrepreneurial and innovative skills of “taking libraries to the people”, he has won a multitude of awards for his community work. He talks to us about South African Library Week and how we become maps of what we read: The theme for this year’s South African Library Week (14-21 March), Connect...
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Tessa Dowling, Senior Lecturer in African Languages in the School of Languages and Literature at the University of Cape Town, talks about the role of brands and language in the South African context: If you were an African-language speaking child growing up in South Africa, the first written words you’d see wouldn’t be ones from your own tongue. Nearly all the words on packets, street signs, billboards...
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Tribute: Neville Alexander

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March, 16th 2015
Neville Alexander was the founder of the Project for Alternative Education (PRAESA) in South Africa. He was a visionary scholar and activist, and his fight for South African democracy became a call for multilingual education in post-apartheid South Africa. He believed that freedom is not simply about political change, but about cultural acceptance and cultural understanding through language. Language, Neville explained, underscores freedom and human dignity....
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