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Nali'Bali in the media

By Somikazi Deyi For many decades Africa has been the only place in the world where most children are taught in a language that is not their own.  This places African languages at the centre of discussion where education is concerned. The discourse starts from whether they have enough terminology and vocabulary to be languages of teaching and learning; of the economy and wealth; law and...
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Athol Williams “It broke my heart to hear my son ask whether black boys can also be heroes.” This is what a friend told me when asked about his eight-year old’s reaction to the characters that he sees in his books. If none of the heroes looked like him, the young, avid reader reasoned, then perhaps he could not be a hero. This all-too-common example...
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Nal’ibali - South Africa’s national reading-for-enjoyment campaign - is proud to be adding two more South African languages to their literacy newspaper supplements. Setswana and Xitsonga readers can now enjoy the Nal’ibali supplements in their mother languages from mid-April 2018. This latest addition brings the total number of languages to eight, for Nal’ibali’s bilingual supplements. It is a significant milestone for Nal’ibali, which fully...
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Nal’ibali is South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign aimed at using reading and storytelling to ignite the creative and critical potential of all children, especially those who do not have access to reading material, like many children who speak African languages. For SA Library Week, which takes place between 16 -23 March, Nal’ibali Literacy Mentors will be connecting 2 000 children from more than 25 primary...
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It takes a village to keep libraries alive

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March, 23rd 2018
The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) celebrates South African Library Week from 19-25 March 2018 with the theme, Libraries: Heart of the Community. SA Library Week was initiated in 2001 by LIASA to be a commemorative period recognised by government for all types of libraries across the country to market their services. This development was partially due to joint ventures, partnerships,...
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The Importance of Storytelling to a Child

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March, 9th 2018
The Importance of Storytelling to a Child By: Adelia Davis Childhood is all about exploration and discovery. These two major components of early development come in small, simple ways, like a baby touching their toes for the first time, as well as monumental moments, like a child taking their first steps. Caregivers and children cherish these little victories because they pinpoint growth. Opportunities to explore don’t...
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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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