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This literacy and heritage month, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign – in collaboration with the South African office of the United Nations, will be using its annual multilingual storytelling contest, Story Bosso, to nurture a new generation of courageous and literate children. Launching on Friday, 31 August, and running for the month of September, this year’s contest has ‘South African Heroes’ as its...
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Picture by Neo Baepi
Written by Buhle Ngaba   Being a storyteller is one of the most important aspects of my identity. I can't remember a time when I wasn't searching for expression in one way or another, whether as an actor on a stage, on my couch with pen and paper in hand, or in an art class. As a child, I read books at an alarming rate and...
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Women who wrote themselves into history

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29 August 2018
Written by Athambile Masola  I have been lucky enough to immerse myself in the world of books and history for a year now, while reading for my postgraduate degree. I have had the time to sit with old newspapers and books to explore the world of the past.  I have been drawn to the writing of women who were changemakers and activists, with Pumla Ellen Ngozwana...
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Will you be SA's next Story Bosso?

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23 August 2018
This Literacy Month, Nal’ibali proudly invites all South Africans to enter the fourth annual Story Bosso multilingual storytelling talent search, by telling us your favourite hero-inspired story. This year, to inspire greatness in our children and to keep the memory of South African heroes alive, we are placing a special focus on remembering and telling the stories of our heroes. Anyone can enter – all ages...
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Become a Nal'ibali Partner

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2 July 2018
Nal’ibali is dedicated to promoting a culture of reading for enjoyment within its respective partner organisations and communities. By becoming a Nal’ibali partner you will be registered as a FUNda Leader, and supported and celebrated throughout your journey.    As a Nal’ibali partner, you will receive:    • Three individual modular training sessions over six months with regular support and mentorship • Partner welcome package including training manuals, t-shirts,...
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Nal’ibali is looking for all individuals and organisations who uphold Nelson Mandela’s values on education. This year marks what would have been former president Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. His legacy still lives on and we’d like to celebrate it with you! Nelson Mandela believed that education is the most powerful weapon that can be used to change the world. Our children have the potential...
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In the spirit of South African Youth Month, the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign is hosting a Youth Day round table panel discussion at Centre for the Book on Thursday, 14 June. The panel will include activists who are passionate about youth, language and advocacy work.  The story of 16 June 1976 encompasses two of Nal’ibali’s values – activism and the belief that every child...
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Picture taken by Themba Mbuyisa
Lebohang Masango Two musicians, a television presenter, a retail entrepreneur and myself, an anthropologist, are all seated around a table discussing the current state of South African youth. One of the musicians is a multilingual rapper, actress and currently producing a documentary on a cultural item of significance. The second musician has created a refreshing blend of Hip Hop with a youthful twist on the Maskandi...
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‘Books are a uniquely portable magic’ - Stephen King There is no substitute for books in the life of a child.  Which is why NGO, The Nal’ibali Trust, is expanding on its reading-for-enjoyment campaign to initiate a national book exchange project in the week of 26 May. Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali’s Managing Director says, “Literacy Mentors across the country will be hosting public book exchange events, where everyone is...
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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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