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Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring the campaign’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Focussing on nurturing a love of reading for joy in English and home languages to spark children’s potential and unlock their school learning, the schools’ initiative, titled: ‘Story...
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Nal'ibali holiday activities: Join us!

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December, 9th 2016
With the festive season upon us, Nal’ibali invites all children, parents and caregivers to be part of our holiday December Story Power holiday programme, as it kicks off nationally. Our skilled storytellers are waiting to welcome you in your area. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session has been designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and engaging...
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Nal'ibali is proud to crown Nonhlanhla Hadebe the 2016 Story Bosso winner! Nonhlanhla, a registered FUNda Leader, hails from KZN and now lives Daveyton. A literacy activist who runs her own reading club, she also volunteers her time at the Daveyton Library, where she reads to her Early Childhood Development (ECD) groups twice a week. She is a devoted aunt to her nieces and...
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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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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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Julia Donaldson visits Nal'ibali

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February, 18th 2016
International children’s author and 2011-2013 UK Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson, treated children from Nal’ibali’s Grow Smart reading club in Philippi to a special reading on Saturday 06 February 2016. The visit forms part of Donaldson’s trip to South Africa where she will be performing in a number of theatre shows based on a variety of her books including her award winning book, The Gruffalo, and What...
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Highlighting the critical lack of books available in all African languages to children in South Africa, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has produced a powerful public service announcement that illustrates the breakdown of books available per language and calls for support for African language reading materials for children. The video has been developed in recognition of International Mother Languages Day on Sunday, 21 February. “All...
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