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Nal'ibali training in May

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June, 6th 2013
This May the Nal’ibali team travelled the country, doing live reading club demonstrations. These training sessions offer participants a clear understanding of the purpose of Nal’ibali reading clubs (to promote reading for enjoyment as a literacy development strategy) and to give practical advice on how to organise activities, create a safe and nurturing reading space, and most importantly, to encourage reading for pleasure!  The live demonstration training...
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As part of its national roll-out of a Children’s Literacy Charter, Nal’ibali Cluster Mentors have begun sharing the Charter with the parents of their reading clubs and broader communities. The Charter, a guide for adults and caregivers on the different kinds of literacy experiences all children need to have to become fully literate citizens, was excitedly received by the parents, grandparents, teachers and supervising adults...
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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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Nal'ibali celebrates a year of success

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June, 2nd 2013
Having delivered close to 10 million reading-for-enjoyment supplements since its inception in June 2012, the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign co-founded by Times Media and PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) has achieved phenomenal outcomes in promoting multilingual literacy development across South Africa in its first year. The supplement, which appears weekly in select Times Media newspapers, aims to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading...
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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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