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How can we fix our education system?  That question preoccupies our national mind – and not without cause. We fail to prepare enough people for basic jobs, let alone to sustain a sophisticated knowledge economy.  If that is the question, the inevitable answer is that we need good teachers, quality textbooks and enough time in the classroom. But what if we asked a slightly...
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In celebration of international Children’s Day on Saturday 01 June, Nal’ibali is launching its 'Celebrate our Children, Celebrate Childhood' creative writing and drawing competition for children between the ages of three and 11, with four book hampers to the value of R10 000 each to be won. Children are full of imagination and curiosity and when given the opportunity, they are capable of producing great...
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The Sunday Times, in partnership with PRAESA (The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), launched the new Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storybook today (16 May 2013). Attended by the Western Cape Minister of Education, Donald Grant, the event celebrated ten new children’s stories commissioned by the Sunday Times and written by South African authors. The illustrated stories will be printed in all our official languages, starting with English and followed...
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On 25 April 2013 we had an awareness campaign about World Book Day at Rutanang Primary in the Free State. The aim was to create awareness in children about this day and its importance. Together with Nal'ibali Story Sparker Lebohang, it was also an opportunity for us introduce the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign to the children. The event comprised of three sessions. First we introduced Nal'ibali;...
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Last Thursday (25th April) Nal’ibali and partner Room to Read held a reading-for-enjoyment training orientation in Jane Purse, Limpopo. The session was led by Nal’ibali’s Programme Support Officer Malusi Ntoyapi, Room to Read volunteers and employees, and teachers from Dikgabje Primary School, and focused on inspiring and equipping volunteers with reading-for-enjoyment strategies. “The training was more interactive and we did lot of demonstration of activities and reading,” says Malusi....
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On March 6, 2013, the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called on all in SA to read aloud to the children in their lives in recognition of World Read Aloud Day. Now in its fourth year, World Read Aloud was started by LitWorld to celebrate the power and beauty of words, and advocate for children’s rights to read and write. With reading aloud shown to be “the single...
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Nal'ibali launches mobisite

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March, 14th 2013
With 29 million South Africans using mobile phones (Neilsen Southern Africa, 2011), the Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is proud to deliver children's stories, literacy tips and updates to users via its new mobisite. Visit www.nalibali.mobi on your mobile phone for: Children's stories in Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi and Sesotho Tips and articles on ways to grow a love of reading among your children Advice and strategies on how to run...
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Instil wonder through reading

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March, 14th 2013
Socrates said all thinking begins with wonder. So how do we develop a sense of wonder in children? By reading wonderful stories to them. Tomorrow is World Read Aloud Day – a day to celebrate reading aloud to children. But there is work to be done before all children can expect the regular delight of a skilled reader who breathes life into a story. Reading (and learning...
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Here’s a piece of common sense familiar to most of us adults (well, at least those of us who have ever watched an episode of the Dr Phil show on TV):  you can’t keep doing the same thing continuously and expect to get different results. So, if you’re faced with a huge challenge like improving literacy levels in South Africa, you clearly can’t be doing...
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The simple, profound thing we all can do

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February, 27th 2013
In this society, which urgently needs to educate citizens to be articulate and literate, there is something simple but profound we can all do – we can tell and read stories to children. Far from being a luxury, the story habit establishes in children the sturdy bedrock on which to grow the power of empathy and an educated mind. It starts with enjoyment. Take Tara: Tara’s...
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