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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 stories as...
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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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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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