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To commemorate the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is highlighting some of the values he embodied by sharing a special series of three children’s stories. Made possible through a collaboration with non-governmental organisation Heartlines, the stories focus on honesty, compassion and forgiveness and are an effective way for adults and caregivers to pass on these values...
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To commemorate the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is highlighting some of the values he embodied by sharing a special series of three children’s stories. Made possible through a collaboration with non-governmental organisation Heartlines, the stories focus on honesty, compassion and forgiveness and are an effective way for adults and caregivers to pass on these values...
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 Smangele Mathebula At the crux of great societal change lies the spirit of young people and their audacious will to make change happen. This Youth Day we pay homage to the young people of June 16 1976, who made their voices heard against the oppressive language policies of the apartheid government. One must consider the inequality and application of these policies, which can still be felt in...
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Be part of our book exchange activities

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May, 21st 2018
LMs Book Exchange plans – Venue + time Our Literacy Mentors across the country will be hosting public book exchange events, where everyone is encouraged to bring and swap a book. Find out where is the nearest station to you. Don't miss out on the reading fun!  Eastern Cape Name Date Partner Activity Venue Time Madoda Ndlakuse - madoda@nalibali.org 26 May 2018    Book Exchange Event Mgwenyana Street 33 NU6 Motherwell Circle 09:00 – 11:00 Abongile Davani - abongile@nalibali.org 26...
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By Somikazi Deyi For many decades Africa has been the only place in the world where most children are taught in a language that is not their own.  This places African languages at the centre of discussion where education is concerned. The discourse starts from whether they have enough terminology and vocabulary to be languages of teaching and learning; of the economy and wealth; law and...
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Athol Williams “It broke my heart to hear my son ask whether black boys can also be heroes.” This is what a friend told me when asked about his eight-year old’s reaction to the characters that he sees in his books. If none of the heroes looked like him, the young, avid reader reasoned, then perhaps he could not be a hero. This all-too-common example...
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Nal’ibali - South Africa’s national reading-for-enjoyment campaign - is proud to be adding two more South African languages to their literacy newspaper supplements. Setswana and Xitsonga readers can now enjoy the Nal’ibali supplements in their mother languages from mid-April 2018. This latest addition brings the total number of languages to eight, for Nal’ibali’s bilingual supplements. It is a significant milestone for Nal’ibali, which fully...
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It takes a village to keep libraries alive

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March, 23rd 2018
The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) celebrates South African Library Week from 19-25 March 2018 with the theme, Libraries: Heart of the Community. SA Library Week was initiated in 2001 by LIASA to be a commemorative period recognised by government for all types of libraries across the country to market their services. This development was partially due to joint ventures, partnerships,...
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The Importance of Storytelling to a Child

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March, 9th 2018
The Importance of Storytelling to a Child By: Adelia Davis Childhood is all about exploration and discovery. These two major components of early development come in small, simple ways, like a baby touching their toes for the first time, as well as monumental moments, like a child taking their first steps. Caregivers and children cherish these little victories because they pinpoint growth. Opportunities to explore don’t...
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Pioneers of Mother Language

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February, 21st 2018
21 February is International Mother Language Day – observed since February 2000 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The 2018 theme is : “Linguistic diversity and multilingualism count for sustainable development.”   To celebrate this day, we would like to pay homage to Africans who have made a significant contribution to the development of South African literature in all official languages. Here is...
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