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Pioneers of Mother Language

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February, 21st 2018
21 February is International Mother Language Day – observed since February 2000 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The 2018 theme is : “Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development.”   To celebrate this day, we would like to pay homage to Africans who have made a significant contribution to the development of South African literature in all official languages. Here is...
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We are celebrating International Mother Language Day and we don't want you to miss out.  Mother Tongue Day Nal'ibali events : 21 February 2018 Province  Date  LM Venue  Time  Guest EC   Madoda Ndlakuse   VUBA Primary School Hall  11:00am - 13:00pm Mr Thandile Kona                          EC   Malusi  Puwe  Elufefeni Primary  10:00am-11:30am SGB Chairperson             EC   Abongile Davani  Johannes Nothyawa Community Hall, Mgxabakazi Village, Amajingqi,Willovale  11:00am-12:30pm                           KZN    Sanelisiwe Intshanga Primary School 15:00pm - 16:30pm Mr. M. Mtolo (Community activist)                                     GP   Molefe Tebelelo Primary School 14:30pm - 15:30pm       Portia Daniso Presbyterian church of Southern Africa                  Limpopo    Salome Maluleke  Megoring Primary School in Mentz village  07:00am-...
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Nal'ibali invites you to attend this year's International Mother Language Day event on the 21st of February 2018.  The event will be an open panel discussion facilitated by Nal'ibali's Literacy Mentor, Thandoxolu Mkoyi. The panel will comprise three speakers:  Dr Nomfundo Mali from PANSALB. Ms Somikazi Deyi from UCT's African languages department. Ms Bulelwa Basse, founder of the Lyrical Base Project, an arts and culture organisation. The topic for the evening is: Mother...
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We did it! Over 1 million children read to

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February, 13th 2018
The Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called on everyone in South Africa to read aloud to the children in their lives in recognition of World Read Aloud Day. World Read Aloud Day was started by LitWorld to celebrate the power and beauty of words, and advocate for children’s rights to read and write. Nal’ibali Ambassadors and Nal’ibali partners were encouraged to print out the story and share it within their...
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World Read Aloud Day Public Readings

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January, 30th 2018
  Eastern Cape     Region Literacy Mentor Location Motherwell Malusi Puwe Hombakazi Mafini, Isaac Booi & Zwide library Uitenhage Madoda Ndlakuse Mngucunube Noninzi AmaJingqi Uviwe Vakele Ngadla Nowaka & Khanyisa ECD AmaJingqi Vuyisa Somdaka Ntlahlabe Mgxabakazi & Lithalethu Day Care AmaJingqi Pelisa Nomandela Vulandi JSS & Vulandia ECD AmaJingqi Abongile Davani KuDumalisile Com School & Dumalisile Primary & clinic       Limpopo       Literacy Mentor Location   Salome Maluleke Diopong Primary school from 9am   Salome Maluleke Makanye Primary school from 11am   Salome Maluleke Mankweng Hospital from 1pm   Salome Maluleke Mankweng Library from 3pm Free State       Literacy Mentor Location   Elisa Moreki Lemotso Primary School from 8am   Elisa Moreki Thabong Primary...
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To help set up caregivers to read with their children in the new year, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign – has compiled a special calendar highlighting some of the major literacy activities taking place in 2018. Complete with instructions on how to collect the cut-out-and-keep storybooks included in each edition of the campaign’s multilingual supplement, it will also assist young or new readers...
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Xolisa Guzula The new year has started and as parents and caregivers we are preparing our children for the start of the new school year. Our children are transitioning from one grade to another and from one phase to another, and each phase or grade has its new challenges. I can see from social media updates that parents are already getting anxious about helping their...
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Join me in reading aloud

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January, 15th 2018
As 2017 wound down, South Africa heard news that broke our collective hearts. A report by Progress in International Literacy Study (PIRLS) alerted us to the fact that 78 percent of South African fourth graders cannot read for meaning in any language. This, despite education being one of the ministries that consistently get a big chunk of the national budget annually. So where are...
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Meet Zukiswa Wanner: Our WRAD storyteller

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January, 15th 2018
There is no doubt that Zukiswa Wanner is one of South Africa's most talented authors and storytellers. Her debut novel, The Madam, was published in 2006 and since then Zukiswa has remained relevant and one of the most important voices of our time. This year's World Read Aloud Day story, 'The final minute', was written by Zukiswa. She will also be the storyteller at the...
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Turning the tide on the matric results

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January, 9th 2018
When the tide pulls back before a tsunami hits, they say that the beach is littered with beautiful starfish. Often people go down to the beach and collect these star-shaped echinoderms, admiring their bright colours. In the distance, however, the power of the ensuing wave builds. Reading the newspapers last week as the results of the National Senior Certificate (matric) were released felt a little bit...
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