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Nali'Bali in the media

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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Proud to read aloud – the good news! On March 5, 2014, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign celebrated World Read Aloud Day by inviting all adults in South Africa to read aloud the same story on the same day. The drive was not only an opportunity  to raise awareness about the importance of reading aloud to grow children’s literacy skills, but also a chance to release another story...
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In celebration of World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, 5 March 2014, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is calling on everyone in South Africa to read aloud the same story on the same day to the children in their lives. Last year, the campaign encouraged adults to read aloud to more than 13 000 children, and this year, hopes to break this record in an effort to...
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Mother-tongue stories and preserving culture

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February, 19th 2014
Dr Carole Bloch, director of the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa, speaks to us about the importance of preserving our multilingual storytelling culture:   Many English speakers look bemused at the thought of celebrating World Mother Tongue Day – what’s to celebrate? After all, it’s normal to use our mother tongue every day, isn’t it? No, it’s not! In a multilingual country like South...
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Building a nation of readers, school by school

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February, 18th 2014
Righard’s reading group has grown a lot, from a mere 14 children plucked from informal soccer fields into nine different reading groups – totalling roughly 270 kids – reading every week! He and his team have also been asked to read at local schools during school hours, to help encourage reading for enjoyment among the students. He shares with us his views on building a...
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Nal'ibali, SA celebs and Mother Tongue Day

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February, 18th 2014
This International Mother Tongue Day (Friday, 21 February),  the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign will be highlighting the importance of reading and sharing stories with children in their mother tongue languages through its weekly literacy supplement and a special Twitter drive. The campaign is calling on South Africans to share at least one, or all of their tweets, in their home languages on 21 February with some...
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