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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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Nal'ibali has broken its World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) record for the third year in succession; reading out-loud to an incredible 719 627 children across South Africa on Thursday the 16th of February. Encouraging adults to join them in reading the same special story out loud to children on the day, the campaign commissioned award-winning children’s author, Niki Daly, to write a brand-new story for its...
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Making South Africa the first stop on his two-month mini world tour, award-winning Australian children’s author, Andy Griffiths – best known for his Treehouse series, treated children at Nal’ibali’s Shining Stars reading club in Masiphumelele to a special reading on Saturday 25 March. Nal’ibali is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign that aims to spark the potential of all children through reading and storytelling in home languages...
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FUNda Leader Imbizos!

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February, 27th 2017
OUR FIRST FUNDA LEADER IMBIZO IS TAKING PLACE ON 25 MARCH IN THE WESTERN CAPE! Nal’ibali will be hosting a series of imbizos throughout South Africa exclusively for its FUNda Leaders. An opportunity to meet, be inspired and discuss what works and what could work better. DATE: Saturday 25 MARCH TIME: 10.00 – 13.00 VENUE: The Bandwidth Barn in Khayelitsha – Cnr Spine Road and Mew Way, Ilitha...
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Four powerful South African public figures answered Nal'ibali's call to become literacy heroes this World Read Aloud Day. Buhle Ngaba, Mohale Mashigo, Hlubi Mboya and Sindiwe Magona shared just how powerful stories are in moulding lives and futures. Listen to their amazing story here:      
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Join the Nal'ibali FUNda Leader Imbizos

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February, 20th 2017
OUR FIRST FUNDA LEADER IMBIZO IS TAKING PLACE ON 25 MARCH IN THE WESTERN CAPE! Nal’ibali will be hosting a series of imbizos throughout South Africa exclusively for its FUNda Leaders. An opportunity to meet, be inspired and discuss what works and what could work better.   At FUNda Leader imbizos you will enjoy: Access to Nal’ibali literacy experts Inspirational and informative speakers Local entertainment A chance to share experiences and...
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Story Powered School
Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring the campaign’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Focussing on nurturing a love of reading for joy in English and home languages to spark children’s potential and unlock their school learning, the schools’ initiative, titled: ‘Story...
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The 9-year-old author makes waves: Stacey Fru

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December, 13th 2016
Originally from Johannesburg, Stacey is an outgoing child who loves reading and writing.  This young star has written a book  titled “Smelly Cats”. Her work won in the category of Best Early Childhood Development Publication 2015; Special Mention Category. The book as also been qualified by the National Department of Basic Education as a Supplementary learning material at primary schools. Stacey is passionate about inspiring other children to reach...
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Nal'ibali holiday activities: Join us!

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December, 9th 2016
With the festive season upon us, Nal’ibali invites all children, parents and caregivers to be part of our holiday December Story Power holiday programme, as it kicks off nationally. Our skilled storytellers are waiting to welcome you in your area. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session has been designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and engaging...
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Nal'ibali is proud to crown Nonhlanhla Hadebe the 2016 Story Bosso winner! Nonhlanhla, a registered FUNda Leader, hails from KZN and now lives Daveyton. A literacy activist who runs her own reading club, she also volunteers her time at the Daveyton Library, where she reads to her Early Childhood Development (ECD) groups twice a week. She is a devoted aunt to her nieces and...
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