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Reading to figure out fact from fake

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November, 28th 2017
Reading to Figure out Fact from Fake Jade Jacobsohn In the wake of the thwarted vote of no confidence against Jacob Zuma, my phone buzzed to life with the speedy humour and amateur autopsies that typically escort all big news events down the tawdry carpet of history. One message contained a recording from 702’s Bongani Bingwa’s talk show on Women’s Day. In it an anonymous caller, claiming...
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Stories: Evolutionary tools of our humanity

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November, 23rd 2017
Stories: Evolutionary Tools of our Humanity By Jade Jacobsohn Author Ursula K Le Guin once wrote, “there have been a great many societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” Which is peculiar. There is such huge diversity in the human experience that this consistent social norm, shared across every country and every culture, has fascinated anthropologists...
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Nal’ibali, the national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has announced Annah Gumbi from Letlhabile, near Brits, as the North West provincial winner of its annual storytelling contest, Story Bosso.  Chosen from over 6 000 entries collected from across the country and over 100 entries in the North West, Gumbi’s winning entry, Tortoise and the Birds, is aimed at teaching children about respect. Each year Nal’ibali hosts its month-long Story Bosso...
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Our Children's festival is around the corner and we don''t want you, FUNda leaders, to miss out.                                             Children’s Festivals Schedule Province Venue Date Responsible person/people WC World of Birds (Hout Bay) 2 December All WC LM’s and Kamohelo GP Jabavu Library 25 November Portia/ Sithembiso/ Bongile KZN Lovelife Centre, Nongoma 30 November Nkosi/ Eugene Children’s Home Centre 28 November Sane/ Eugene Limpopo Mankweng library 28 November Salome/ Righardt FS Thusanang...
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School libraries matter

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November, 10th 2017
October is celebrated worldwide as school library month. School libraries are cherished as safe, physical spaces for children and young adults to read, inquire, and build new knowledge. In the 21st century, school libraries are increasingly identified as digital spaces too in which reading for personal and social development, research and exploration are encouraged. However, in South Africa, school library month went by largely...
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Congratulations to our Story Bosso winners!

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October, 27th 2017
This year's Story Bosso talent search is officially over and we are pleased to announce the winners!    The theme for this year was intsomi (folktales), and we held numerous events hosting storytelling performances across South Africa. We received an overwhelming total of 6 317 entries from all over the country. The entries were impressive, which made selecting the winning stories a tough process!    Prizes    The overall Story...
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The Story Bosso finalists are...

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October, 18th 2017
This year's Story Bosso contest received an overwhelming total of 6 317 entries from all over South Africa - by far our highest number of entries to date since we launched the contest in 2015. The entries we received were of a very high standard, which made choosing the best stories a tough process!   The theme for this year was intsomi (folktales). We held numerous events...
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This September, and in commemoration of Literacy Month, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is encouraging a wave of storytelling across the country with its third annual multilingual storytelling contest, Story Bosso. Placing a special focus on folktales in a bid to preserve this national treasure, the campaign will be hosting storytelling performances and events across the country for the month and is inviting members...
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Story Bosso Events: Schedule

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August, 31st 2017
Attend our exciting Story Bosso events closest to you! Take a look at our event details below and feel free to give us a call on  021 180 4080 if you have any questions or queries:   Organisation name Event Date Time Venue/Location Community Audition event 01-Sep 13:00 - 17:00 Dumalisile Methodist Church Soul City Institute 05-Sep 10:00 Nomaka Mbeki Village Comms Public Event 07-Sep 10:00 Eastern Cape Kenako Shopping Mall 09-Sep 10:00 Port Elizabeth Stephen Nkomo 01-Sep 10:00 - 17:00 KwaNobuhle Despatch 04-Sep 09:00 - 15:00 Uitenhage Free Kids ECD 05-Sep 10:00 - 13:00 Khayelitsha Own reading club 05-Sep 13:00...
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This Women’s Month 2017, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has joined forces with young author and activist, Buhle Ngaba, to bring the power of stories to girls across the country. Buhle’s acclaimed children’s book, The Girl Without a Sound, is a moving story about the importance of hearing the stories and voices of girls and comes at a time in South Africa when...
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