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Nal'ibali celebrates a year of success

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June, 2nd 2013
Having delivered close to 10 million reading-for-enjoyment supplements since its inception in June 2012, the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign co-founded by Times Media and PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) has achieved phenomenal outcomes in promoting multilingual literacy development across South Africa in its first year. The supplement, which appears weekly in select Times Media newspapers, aims to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading...
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In celebration of international Children’s Day on Saturday 01 June, Nal’ibali is launching its 'Celebrate our Children, Celebrate Childhood' creative writing and drawing competition for children between the ages of three and 11, with four book hampers to the value of R10 000 each to be won. Children are full of imagination and curiosity and when given the opportunity, they are capable of producing great...
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The Sunday Times, in partnership with PRAESA (The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), launched the new Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storybook today (16 May 2013). Attended by the Western Cape Minister of Education, Donald Grant, the event celebrated ten new children’s stories commissioned by the Sunday Times and written by South African authors. The illustrated stories will be printed in all our official languages, starting with English and followed...
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On 25 April 2013 we had an awareness campaign about World Book Day at Rutanang Primary in the Free State. The aim was to create awareness in children about this day and its importance. Together with Nal'ibali Story Sparker Lebohang, it was also an opportunity for us introduce the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign to the children. The event comprised of three sessions. First we introduced Nal'ibali;...
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Last Thursday (25th April) Nal’ibali and partner Room to Read held a reading-for-enjoyment training orientation in Jane Purse, Limpopo. The session was led by Nal’ibali’s Programme Support Officer Malusi Ntoyapi, Room to Read volunteers and employees, and teachers from Dikgabje Primary School, and focused on inspiring and equipping volunteers with reading-for-enjoyment strategies. “The training was more interactive and we did lot of demonstration of activities and reading,” says Malusi....
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On March 6, 2013, the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called on all in SA to read aloud to the children in their lives in recognition of World Read Aloud Day. Now in its fourth year, World Read Aloud was started by LitWorld to celebrate the power and beauty of words, and advocate for children’s rights to read and write. With reading aloud shown to be “the single...
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Nal'ibali launches mobisite

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March, 14th 2013
With 29 million South Africans using mobile phones (Neilsen Southern Africa, 2011), the Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is proud to deliver children's stories, literacy tips and updates to users via its new mobisite. Visit www.nalibali.mobi on your mobile phone for: Children's stories in Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sepedi and Sesotho Tips and articles on ways to grow a love of reading among your children Advice and strategies on how to run...
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Putting books in the hands of children

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February, 14th 2013
On a hot, dry February day, in a heat that would normally make the most attentive     student lethargic, a Grade 4 class is rapt. Seated cross-legged on the floor, their  mouths agape, eyes bright and never wavering, they focus intently on the woman turning the pages of ‘Jack’s Tractor’ by Thomas Taylor. Throughout the story, they repeat sounds and words back at...
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One could have easily mistaken the adult reading workshop for a pre-school class as grown men and women jumped up and down, sang and performed theatrics – all in the name of promoting literacy. The Nal’ibali regional training workshop hit the Grahamstown area at the weekend as part of a national drive to get children and adults reading for enjoyment in a bid to inspire...
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Festival opens the way for a love of reading

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December, 4th 2012
The Open Book Festival is an innovative and exciting event that hopes to build a love of reading among South African youth. Ahead of 2012's Festival, where Nal'ibali participated in a panel on reading-for-enjoyment, we caught up with festival co-ordinator Frankie Murrey to talk literacy, libraries and growing a love of books and reading among young people. Join Nal’ibali for a panel discussion about the importance of...
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