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Nali'Bali in the media

In partnership with SABC Education, Nal’ibali has recently launched a children’s radio programme on SABC public radio stations. Airing children’s stories in all official languages three times a week, the partners are working together to create the conditions that inspire and sustain reading-for-enjoyment practices using oral storytelling – a vital tool in literacy development. “Oral storytelling, apart from being entertaining, provides children with the richness of...
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This Women's Month, Nal'ibali is celebrating women in South Africa working to drive literacy change in South Africa. From authors to directors of organizations, these are the women helping to get your child reading. Let's celebrate them, today and everyday! Arabella Koopman, content developer for the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, believes that storytelling is inherent to being human. The former teacher and publisher says: “Stories are the...
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The Nal’ibali literacy supplement – produced in collaboration with the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) as part of the broader Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is now available in two new additional languages: Sesotho and Afrikaans. Along with the new languages, the distribution has also been expanded from four to five provinces, to include the Free State, as part of the Sowetan newspaper’s regional...
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Pitching in together

Posted on
July, 22nd 2013
“Not everything that counts can be counted. And not everything that can be counted, counts.” — Albert Einstein It’s always a sign of hope when we sense the buzz of activity as organisations and individuals gear up to do volunteering for a better South Africa, especially around days such as Mandela Day. There is something we can all choose to do to help with one of...
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Nal'ibali and the SABC have teamed up this Mandela Day to read Chris van Wyk's magical story, Mr Hare meets Mr Mandela. For your own copy, to read along with us, go here... and check the times below for when to listen in! Station Show Times Language Ligwalagwala Fm Breakfast Show 9h00 - 10h00 (09h15 - 09h25) Swati Phalaphala Fm Lifestyle Show 9h05 - 12h05 (11h15 - 11.h18) Venda Motsweding FM Resemeletse Show 9h00 - 12h00 (09h22 - 09h33) Tswana Munghana Lonene Fm Gingirikani Show 9h00 - 12h00 (9h50 -...
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How reading saved my life

Posted on
July, 15th 2013
I am alive today because reading saved my life. There are not many people who love reading. It is so disappointing to find that people still have negative attitudes towards reading. I can’t blame them because we all have different experiences and reasons. I long for a day where reading and writing will be advertised and hyped up like drugs and alcohol. Billboards everywhere, TV,...
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Support a reading club this Mandela Day

Posted on
July, 9th 2013
“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” -          Nelson Mandela The 18th of July is the 5th Nelson Mandela Day celebration, and we want you to celebrate by giving 67 minutes of your time to a reading club near you. Spend your...
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This Mandela Day, Nal'ibali called on radio stations across the country to help create 67 minutes of collective storytelling across the airwaves. Not only did the stations respond, they went above and beyond, airing far more than the required 67 minutes of children’s stories in support of the campaign’s mission to create the conditions that grow a love of reading, and hence promote literacy development...
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Success Story: Felicia Watson

Posted on
June, 10th 2013
“Though unbelievable, some of our learners do not own reading books and the supplements allow them to own a book. We also stock some of the stories in our library and so a whole class can read the same story aloud for shared reading.”
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67 ways to celebrate Mandela Day

Posted on
June, 9th 2013
Try these ideas to inspire reading, writing and storytelling among children - not just on Mandela Day, but every day of the year, because children who are passionate readers today, are tomorrow’s leading problem solvers. Once you’ve tried these, download all 67 ideas here! Visit a reading club where you can read to children, tell them stories, drop off books and stationery – not just during Mandela Month...
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