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Reading to rise: Taryn Lock

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October, 28th 2014
Taryn Lock is the director of Read to Rise, and tells us about her journey to help create a literate South Africa. Years ago, she took a sabbatical to accompany her husband who was studying at Harvard, she didn’t realise that she’d come home with a different career path too. “While I was there, I thought I would keep myself busy by teaching English to...
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Puku launches isiXhosa story competition

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October, 2nd 2014
The PUKU Children’s Literature Foundation had their official launch for their isiXhosa Story Competition on Wednesday 1 October 2014  in Grahamstown.  Teachers, parents, students and community leaders attended the event at Nombulelo Secondary School in the Joza Township. This amazing story competition isn't simply about the powerful effects of creativity and writing. It strives to celebrate and promote the isiXhosa language - allowing a platform for children to express...
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OCTOBER 2014: Nal'ibali has launched a new billboard campaign to generate awareness and discussion around the power of stories to spark all children’s potential. Building on the simple logic that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa, the campaign seeks to inspire and motivate parents and caregivers to give their children a head-start in life, by...
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It's International Translation Day, and so it is an appropriate day on which to ask: Why is literacy important? The answer is simple: We will never succeed economically, or as a society, if we are not literate. Literacy remains the key to unlocking South Africa’s success and yet both numerical and linguistic literacy continue to evade us. As a multilingual, multicultural society, social cohesion and deep learning can happen only if we create a plethora of “literacies” in...
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How family stories transform children’s lives

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September, 26th 2014
"Once upon a time, there was a very clever young man in a certain village. People were jealous about this. One day an old man came to visit this young clever man to ask him some difficult questions to prove his intelligence..." This Heritage Day, we asked our team and children who attend Nal’ibali reading clubs to record some of the old stories their families...
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Hlubi Mboya, Nal’ibali and a Mermaid’s Purse

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September, 17th 2014
Hlubi Mboya took the South African silver screen by storm with her heartbreaking performance as Nandipa in Isidingo. After ten years of successfully fleshing out this character with talent and sensitivity, Hlubi has moved on to the freelance world to “grow my craft and reignite my faith in the industry”. Above and beyond her sprinting ambitions, she has always had a hand in social...
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The Soil, Nal’ibali and Musical Storytelling

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September, 16th 2014
The acapella group that has stolen South Africa’s heart – The Soil – worked hand-in-hand with us this Literacy Month to help spread awareness about the power of stories to shape children’s future. Hailing from Soweto, Buhlebendalo Mda, and brothers Luphindo and Ntsika Fana Ngxanga, shot to stardom as the winners of the 'Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award at the 2010 ‘National Arts Festival in Grahamstown....
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Puku and REDISA: isiXhosa writing competition

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September, 9th 2014
Celebrate the importance of storytelling this International Literacy Day   “It is my wish that the voice of the storyteller will never die in Africa, that all the children in the world may experience the wonder of books, and that they will never lose the capacity to enlarge their earthly dwelling place with the magic of stories” – Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela   Monday September 8: This International Literacy...
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Storyplay and moral imagination

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September, 3rd 2014
As part of their package of support to Early Childhood Development centres, Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors recently explored the power of Storyplay – a strategy using imaginative (pretend) play as a way to support young children’s exploration and understanding of stories, people and the world around them. Following a week of training with Storyplay consultant Sara Robinson, this is what we learnt: A factor that characterises...
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Nal'ibali launches new app with Mxit Reach

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September, 1st 2014
This International Literacy Day, Monday September 8, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign has joined forces with Mxit Reach to launch a new and improved app to put children’s stories and literacy tips into the hands of even more South African caregivers and their children. The app is accessible via the Mxit social networking platform which now has five million monthly users. It will allow anyone...
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