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Where will you be in ten years’ time? Whether it’s a growing business or growing family, we all make plans for our future. Yet our future selves are either enabled or limited by our broader context. So, what is our national context in a generation’s time?  Results from a global literacy study last week paint a devastating picture. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study...
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A year of making impact and success for Nal’ibali  The Nal'ibali Trust is built on simple logic:  that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa. The campaign was started in 2012 and this year we celebrated five years – a full five years of empowering young minds through storytelling and reading. Since our launch in 2012, we have solidly...
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Young SA Authors taking over the world

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December, 5th 2017
Young SA Authors taking over the world South Africa is home to young authors who are changing the game not only locally, but internationally. A reading nation is a winning nation and these young minds are contributing to creating more content for young ones. Here is a list of the youngest and most impressive writers born and bred in SA.  Michelle Nkamankeng, who in 2016 became the...
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Children's rights in South Africa
The dawn of a new South Africa in 1994 not only came with a constitution, it also came with The Children’s Charter.   In 1992, a special summit was held in Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose of this summit was to discuss the challenges faced by children living in South Africa and was attended by over 200 children between the ages of 12 and 17. ...
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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 uncelebrated. ...
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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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