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  To commemorate Literacy and Heritage Month, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign – in collaboration with Standard Bank have partnered to bring South African families six free brand-new children’s stories in African languages to celebrate and understand some of the unique customs practised by different cultures in South Africa.     Included in the series titled, ‘Celebrating Mzansi’ is an isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana, and...
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IsiZulu goes international

Posted on
August, 26th 2022
Since its inception in 2012, Nal'ibali, South Africa’s prime reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has partnered with numerous stakeholders to maximize its impact. Now, in its 10th year, the campaign has expanded its reach beyond South African borders. Its latest collaboration with international language-learning platform, Duolingo, will offer nearly 50 million active monthly language learners across the globe the opportunity to learn isiZulu for free.  Duolingo announced the launch of...
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It is a known fact that many grade 4 learners across the country are unable to read for meaning. The Eastern Cape is no exception, which highlights the importance of literacy interventions like Yizani Sifunde, which is providing underserved communities in the province with books and simple, high quality literacy practices for families and communities to adopt. Launched in 2021, Yizani Sifunde (isiXhosa for ‘come,...
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When 22-year-old Asive Mcunukelwa from Molteno finally landed a job as an Educational Assistant at a local primary school in 2019, she was overcome with joy. She had been looking for work for a long time but, as it is for many other young people in her community, employment opportunities were scarce. However, after witnessing many Grade 7 learners struggling to read for understanding,...
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One of the leading contributors to South Africa’s illiteracy crisis is a lack of access to leisure reading material and books in different African languages. At the forefront of the battle to eradicate illiteracy in the Northern Cape, are literacy activist, Susanna Steenkamp (42) and community leader, Antoinette de Koker (56) from Danielskuil. Susanna and Antoinette stands tall amongst South African women who are committed...
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Educational experts reckon the fixing of the literacy crisis in South Africa requires the coming together of multiple role players. One of such players is literacy activist, Boniswa Mkhumbeni (26) from Soutpan, Brandfort. Mkhumbeni stands tall amongst South African women who are committed to transforming their communities through education. She supports children across four Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres in Soutpan, along with their parents...
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The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment-campaign’s partnership with  Trevor Noah Foundation (TNF) will see a community-driven literacy intervention programme rolled out across seven schools in Braamfischerville, Gauteng. The schools form part of TNF’s Khulani Schools Programme (KSP), which contributes to inclusive and equitable access to quality education. While the KSP has solely supported secondary education in the past, the partnership with Nal’ibali to improve literacy represents the programme’s...
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My name is Nosicelo Dongwana but most people call me Darly. I was born and grew up in Grahamstown (Makhhanda). Later I moved with my family to Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha). I have written ten stories for Nal’ibali, out of which two were selected and are going to be published and used by Nal’ibali on different platforms. I’m excited that my stories will be translated into...
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Yizani Sifunde

Posted on
May, 31st 2022
Yizani Sifunde (isiXhosa for ‘come lets read’) is a community project with Nal'ibali, Book Dash and Wordworks; delivering high-quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) training to communities in the Eastern Cape. Collaborations yield the best success when partners do what they do best. Nal'ibali was chosen to train adults on how to run and/or support reading clubs using our bilingual newspaper story supplement as a tool.         ...
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The Nal'ibali Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that following a rigorous search, Nqabakazi Mathe-Gina has been appointed as Nal'ibali's new Director from 1 April 2022. 
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