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Selected to be one of the 460 transformative design projects toshowcase the role that design can play in social transformation, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign proudly launched itsWorld Design Capital 2014 project, Turning Litter Into Literacy Awareness, together with young readers from Schotse Kloof Primary School at the World Design Capital 2014 Pop-Up Space in Long Street on Saturday 16 August. Working together to create the first...
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August 2014 In celebration of International Youth Day this Tuesday August 12, the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign held a special teen library development programme at the Grassy Park Public Library earlier this month. Aimed not only at fostering a love of reading amongst local teens, but also at developing and shaping our young adults, the programme used teen literature to highlight and discuss the challenges...
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'Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible',' -Audrey Hepburn. Each day, we’re inspired by the team of Nal’ibali Cluster Mentors, Story Sparkers, Trainers and Reading Club Leaders who make it possible put children on the path to success. Through the power of reading and stories, they provide the tools and tips that parents need to grow their children’s talents and excitement for learning. This Women’s...
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“I love playing and chatting with children...feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my life,” Nelson Mandela, 1981 This Mandela Month, Nal’ibali, the national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, together with Jacana Media is offering all children and caregivers the opportunity to celebrate and remember the legacy of Madiba through local author Niki Daly’s The Herd Boy...
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Nonikiwe Mashologu is the chairperson of the South African branch of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People). She was recently celebrated as one of 12 women working to drive literacy change in South Africa. She was also one of the judges for the 2013 Golden Baobab Prize. As a mom and an advocate for literacy, she teaches skilful ways to sneak reading...
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As part of its 2014 Read to Me: Every Day drive, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is calling on adults to play a fundamental role in their children’s literacy development by pledging #Just15Minutes of reading and sharing stories with their children every day. “Reading to children can’t just happen just once or twice. We need to read to our children every day if we want them to learn...
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David Harrison is the CEO of the DG Murray Trust, core funder of the Nal’ibali campaign, and shares his opinion on why access to books and stories is every child's right. This article originally appeared in the Cape Argus, 23 April 2014. Every Tuesday, an enterprising church minister from Rondebosch packs a box of theatre props and heads out to a nutrition rehabilitation centre in Crossroads on...
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On World Book Day, April 23 2014, Nal'ibali proudly launched its Children's Literacy Charter to highlight the range of literacy experiences all children should have to best enable them to learn to read and write. Freely available in all 11 official South African languages as a poster or download, the Charter serves as a guide for adults, who are their children’s first teachers, to...
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Did you know that you can play a vital role in the development of the children in your life simply by sharing stories and reading books with them? Not only are reading and telling stories enjoyable and satisfying activities for everyone involved, but these activities have lots of other great benefits too! For example, reading and being told stories helps children develop their imagination and...
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To increase access for parents and educators to the popular bilingual children’s literacy resource – the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment supplement – Times Media will be moving the weekly publication to two new newspaper titles as of April 13, 2014. Previously published in The Sowetan in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, the supplement will now appear every Sunday in the Sunday World; and will be moving from The Times to the Sunday Times Express in the Western Cape....
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