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Nali'Bali in the media

To help set caregivers up to read with their children in the new year, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has compiled a special calendar highlighting some of the major literacy activities taking place in 2018. Complete with instructions on how to collect the cut-out-and-keep storybooks included in each edition of the campaign’s multilingual supplement, it will also assist young or new readers to...
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Xolisa Guzula The new year has started and as parents and caregivers we are preparing our children for the start of the new school year. Our children are transitioning from one grade to another and from one phase to another, and each phase or grade has its new challenges. I can see from social media updates that parents are already getting anxious about helping their...
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Join me in reading aloud

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January, 15th 2018
As 2017 wound down, South Africa heard news that broke our collective hearts. A report by Progress in International Literacy Study (PIRLS) alerted us that, in case you missed it, 78 percent of South African fourth graders cannot read for meaning in any language. This, despite education being one of the ministries that consistently gets a bigger chunk of the national budget annually. So...
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Meet Zukiswa Wanner: Our WRAD storyteller

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January, 15th 2018
There is no doubt that Zukiswa Wanner is one of South Africa's most talented authors and storytellers. Her debut novel, The Madam, was published in 2006 and since then Zukisw'a has remained relevant and one of the most important voices of our time. This year's World Read Aloud Day story, 'The final minute' was written by Zukiswa. She will also be the storyteller at the...
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Turning the tide on the matric results

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January, 9th 2018
When the tide pulls back before a tsunami hits, they say that the beach is littered with beautiful starfish. Often people go down onto the beach and collect these star-shaped echinoderms, admiring their bright colours. In the distance, however the power of the ensuing wave builds. Reading the newspapers last week as the results of the National Senior Certificate (matric) were released felt a little bit...
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Nal'ibali Holiday Activities

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December, 18th 2017
With the festive season upon us, Nal’ibali invites all children, parents and caregivers to be part of our holiday activations. Our skilled storytellers are waiting to welcome you in your area. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session has been designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and engaging ways. The holiday programme starts on the 12th December and runs...
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Where will you be in ten years’ time? Whether it’s a growing business or growing family, we all make plans for our future. Yet our future selves are either enabled or limited by our broader context. So, what is our national context in a generation’s time?  Results from a global literacy study last week paint a devastating picture. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study...
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A year of making impact and success for Nal’ibali  The Nal'ibali Trust is built on simple logic:  that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa. The campaign was started in 2012 and this year we celebrated five years- a full five years of empowering young minds through storytelling and reading. Since our launch in 2012, we have solidly...
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Young SA Authors taking over the world

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December, 5th 2017
Young SA Authors taking over the world South Africa is home to young authors who are changing the game not only locally, but internationally. A reading nation is a winning nation and these young minds are contributing to creating more content for young ones. Here is a list of the youngest and most impressive writers born and bred in SA.  Michelle Nkamankeng, who in 2016 became the...
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Children's rights in South Africa
The dawn of a new South Africa in 1994 not only came with a constitution, it also came with the The Children’s Charter.   In 1992, a special summit was held in Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose of this summit was to discuss the challenges faced by children living in South Africa and was attended by over 200 children between the ages of 12 and...
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