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Nal’ibali collaborated with South African role models and public figures to highlight the importance of mother tongue languages in children’s literacy development this International Mother Tongue Day! This video emphasises the challenges faced by many young children as they engage with print and other literacy materials in unfamiliar languages on a daily basis. Local celebs such as YouTube sensation, Suzelle DIY, actress and Freshlyground lead singer, Zolani Mahola, as well as soccer...
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Nal’ibali has collaborated with SA role models and public figures to highlight the importance of mother tongue languages in children’s literacy development this International Mother Tongue Day, Saturday 21 February. By asking participants to try to read a children’s story – in a language they didn’t understand – Nal’ibali has created a poignant Public Service Announcement (PSA) highlighting the challenges faced by many young children as...
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Lessons in learning: Why English is not enough

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February, 18th 2015
This International Mother Tongue Day, Dr Pamela Maseko, Senior Lecturer at the School of Language in African Languages Studies at the Rhodes University in Grahamstown, analyses the role of multilingualism in education. We all learn better when we understand what the teacher says and the language we understand best, in normal situations, is, of course, our mother tongue. In our context, mother tongue refers to the language...
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Honoured for its work in Western Cape in the field of multilingualism and mother tongue literacy promotion, Nal’ibali, the reading-for-enjoyment campaign, was awarded the Best Contribution to Language Development prize at the annual Western Cape Cultural Affairs Awards. The ceremony was held last night at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Initiated by PRAESA (The Project for the Study of Alternative Education), Nal'ibali is a national campaign working to...
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Pop-up bookstores help spread Story Power

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February, 3rd 2015
In support of our New Year’s drive to get parents to adopt reading resolutions, we held two pop-up bookstores in Cape Town and Soweto on 31 January. Not only were the ‘bookstores’ a chance for people to choose books to take home and enjoy with their children, but also the opportunity for the Nal’ibali team to hand out Story Power Pacts - which is part of...
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Pop-up bookstores help spread Story Power

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February, 3rd 2015
In support of our New Year’s drive to get parents to adopt reading resolutions, we held two pop-up bookstores in Cape Town and Soweto on 31 January. Not only were the ‘bookstores’ a chance for people to choose books to take home and enjoy with their children, but also the opportunity for the Nal’ibali team to hand out Story Power Pacts - which is part of...
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Nal'ibali's year in review: 2014

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January, 14th 2015
In 2014, celebrities, organisations, and most importantly, caregivers and parents helped us spread the power of stories across the country. Let’s take a look at the best of these inspiring moments! Embracing International Mother Tongue Day To celebrate the importance of mother  tongue languages in South Africa, celebrities tweeted for us in their home language, helping to get #InMyLanguage trending on Twitter.  The celebs who helped...
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Nal'ibali's year in review: 2014

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January, 14th 2015
In 2014, celebrities, organisations, and most importantly, caregivers and parents helped us spread the power of stories across the country. Let’s take a look at the best of these inspiring moments! Embracing International Mother Tongue Day To celebrate the importance of mother  tongue languages in South Africa, celebrities tweeted for us in their home language, helping to get #InMyLanguage trending on Twitter.  The celebs who helped...
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Johannesburg, 11 December 2014 - These school holidays, South African Airways (SAA) has partnered with the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to help children soar to great heights through storytelling and reading. During December and January 2015, passengers travelling with children, and  unaccompanied minors, will be offered a specially-developed magazine containing two children’s stories written by local authors, fun literacy activities, and  a holiday “reading passport” with challenges...
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Johannesburg, 11 December 2014 - These school holidays, South African Airways (SAA) has partnered with the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to help children soar to great heights through storytelling and reading. During December and January 2015, passengers travelling with children, and  unaccompanied minors, will be offered a specially-developed magazine containing two children’s stories written by local authors, fun literacy activities, and  a holiday “reading passport” with challenges...
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