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Women's Month writing competition

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August, 7th 2017
When we see women and girls represented as strong, beautiful and capable of anything, it makes it impossible for the world to tell us otherwise. - Buhle Ngaba This Women's Day, Nal'ibali and Buhle Ngaba collaborated to bring the story 'The girl without a sound' to even more South Africans by translating the story into isiXhosa and iziZulu. Our aim is to inspire children and adults...
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This Women's Month 2017, Nal'ibali has joined forces with writer and performer, Buhle Ngaba, to bring the power of stories to girls across the country. Buhle's children's book, 'The girl without a sound', has made waves in the past year. A powerful book about the importance of hearing the stories and voices of girls, Buhle's book comes at a time in South Africa in...
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This Mandela Day, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is offering children and caregivers across the country the opportunity to enjoy one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite stories for children. Made possible through a collaboration with Tafelberg publishers, the story – part of an anthology titled Madiba Magic will be available as a special story card in a range of South African languages from the...
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Capturing the imagination of children and working towards a more just society that recognises and accepts gender fluidity during childhood, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign will be hosted South Africa’s first drag queen story hour with Thiart Li, performing as Shenay O’brien, and children from two Nal’ibali reading club Ikageng Austrian Embassy Library in Soweto on Saturday 24 June. The programme is just as it sounds...
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The journey of a literacy mentor

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June, 21st 2017
Cokisa Sicwebu is a Kwa Zulu Natal based Nalibali literacy mentor. She is in charge of seven story sparkers and oversees thirty five schools in the remote rural Ugu district near port Shepstone, spanning Hibberdene  and the Umtwalume district. Heather Robertson chatted to her about how she manages to encourage the love of reading in these communities. Why did you get involved as a Nal'ibali...
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Stories and activism: Sisonke Msimang

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June, 15th 2017
Sisonke Msimang commutes between South Africa and Australia where she is Programme Director at The Centre for Stories, which collects, preserves and shares stories about migrants, refugees and diverse people and places linked to the Indian Ocean Rim. Sisonke is a writer and activist who worked as the executive director of the Open Society Initiative for South Africa and the Sonke Gender Justice Network....
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Shining a light on literacy issues in Limpopo and what ordinary citizens can do to overcome them, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is hosting a public imbizo in Seshego, Polokwane, through its activist arm, FUNda Leader. Taking place on June 10 ahead of Youth Day, the imbizo will address the current challenges facing the nation and the province when it comes to teaching children...
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Bontle Senne and the power of stories

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May, 4th 2017
Bontle Senne hopes to publish her third book for tweens in the nail-biting Shadow Chasers series before she turns thirty in October this year.  Heather Robertson asked  the talented author of Power of the Knife and Lake of Memories about the stories that  shaped the storyteller.  What are your earliest memories of being read to and told stories?   My mother swears that she told me...
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To mark World Book Day on 23 April, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, is giving away books to the value of R250 000. A specially curated list of titles of different South African authors and languages, these books will be gifted to the campaign’s literacy development partners, reaching 20 000 children across South Africa.  Nal’ibali is calling on the support of the public to help increase...
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Launched mid-2016, Nal’ibali’s FUNda Leader movement is an avenue for everyday South Africans who want to stand up for literacy in their communities to receive specialised training and support from the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign. Now a network of over 2 000 activists nationwide, Nal’ibali addressed the Western Cape members of its volunteer network at an imbizo on Saturday 25 March, focussing on the simple, yet effective...
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