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The Nal’ibali Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign is proud to announce a new association with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Through a recent grant, Nal'ibali will be able to scale and deepen its operations at primary schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal over a three-year period. The project, entitled Story Powered Schools (SPS): A South African Reading Revolution, is a partnership with the Department...
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Nal’ibali is a well-known NGO running a national read-for-enjoyment campaign based in Cape Town.   We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced Project/Programme Manager to oversee the roll out and implementation of a USAID funded, school-based literacy development programme in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal in 2017.   The programme manager will be responsible for the overall management of the programme, including: coordinating training, facilitation and support...
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Vacancy: Story Sparker

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September, 6th 2016
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. Literacy skills are a strong predictor of future academic success in all subjects – and children who regularly read and hear engaging stories, in languages they understand are well equipped and motivated to learn to read and write. A significant...
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Story Bosso talent search returns this September

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September, 2nd 2016
In 2015 Nal’ibali’s Story Bosso Talent Search saw Athandiwe Sikade (7 years old), from Chumisa Primary in Khayelitsha, take the title of ‘STORY BOSSO’. A dynamite that packs a punch with her powerful voice and storytelling prowess, Athandiwe is ready to hand over the title to this year’s hopeful. Nal’ibali’s ‘Story Bosso’ campaign is a nationwide storytelling talent search, aimed at reawakening a love of...
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Story Bosso Terms and Conditions

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August, 30th 2016
1. The promoter is Nal'ibali Trust whose registered office is at Suite 17-201, Building 17, Waverley Business Park, Mowbray, 7700. 2. Employees of the Nal'ibali Trust or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition. 3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to...
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Literacy development and reading-for-enjoyment is one the most effective ways to put children on the path to educational success. This is why FUNda Leaders across the country, with the help of Nal'ibali, are bringing the power of stories into their communities!  This Mandela Day, we've put together a list of 67 ways that you can bring literacy and reading to all the children in your...
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Top 15 ways YOU can be a FUNda Leader

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July, 8th 2016
FUNda Leaders across the country are stepping up to do wonderful things in their communities. The main thing they want to tell other prospective FUNda Leaders is that no matter how small the literacy activity, it has a huge impact on the children you're helping. So whether you have a few hours or just 30 minutes a week, there are things you can do...
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The power and point of reading aloud

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April, 14th 2016
Dr Carole Bloch is the director of The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA), which is driving the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign. Her own experience of reading is one that brought her to where she is now:   My favourite time all the way through school was at the end of a day, when our English teacher would say, “Put everything away,...
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In 2014, South Africans helped us read aloud to 50 000 children. In 2015, you helped us reach 166 360 children. And in 2016, thanks to parents, teachers, librarians, family members and hundreds of readers, we read to 365 849 children – more than double our previous number and an astounding record for Nal’ibali and South Africa! The power in partners This year, we joined forces with the...
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This story was inspired by the work of the late Patrick Whitaker, a wonderful educator; Sara Stanley, an inspirational early years practitioner and Vivian Paley, the renowned American kindergarten teacher, now retired.  Once there was a little boy who started school. Each day his teacher would tell him stories. He loved the stories – stories about dragons and princes, about giants and hyenas, witches and...
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