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Increasing pressure on the publishing industry, plus a shrinking reading culture, hasn't changed the enormous lifelong benefit of reading to children from early childhood. With South Africa having eleven official languages, how do we ensure children across the country access these benefits in their mother tongue? By Jade Jacobsohn, Managing Director at Nal’ibali.  ------------- According to UNESCO, “Illiteracy and poverty constitute a mutually reinforcing, vicious cycle...
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The importance of libraries

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October, 31st 2018
I grew up in a community that did not have many libraries. I was born and raised in Gugulethu. The only thing we did every Saturday morning was go to Luyolo Arts Centre and listen to a few ladies telling us about girl guides. Needless to say, this was boring, it felt like an un-official church. I listened anyway.  I wanted more for myself...
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Of Literacy and Love

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October, 22nd 2018
Reading-for-joy as a strategy for development must be a priority on South Africa’s agenda. In fact, it needs to be our next big revolution, says Dr Sebabatso Manoeli. As Literacy Month ended in September, it is vital that our literacy woes do not fall to the wayside until the month of September rolls back round again. We have heard repeatedly that, according to the most...
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Be part of our Story Bosso activities

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September, 4th 2018
  Our Literacy Mentors across the country will be hosting Story Bosso public events, where everyone is encouraged to showcase their storytelling skills. Find out where the nearest station is to you.  Eastern Cape  LM Name and Surname  Event Date Time  Venue Abongile Davani 4 September 09:00 - 13:00 Mbanga Primary School Butterworth Abongile Davani 8 September   09:00 - 13:00 Amalinda- Khulanathi Abongile Davani 24 September  09:00 - 13:00 Silatsha Primary School, Mooiplaas Abongile Davani 25 September 10:00 - 13:00 Amajingqi-Ngadla Community Hall Madoda Mdlakuse  18 September  12:00 Uitenhage Library   KwaZulu...
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Nal’ibali’s Story Powered Schools project has reached the halfway mark in its goal to create a culture of reading across 720 schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Working closely with schools over a 3-year period, the Department of Basic Education identified specific rural schools with the greatest need within these provinces, to develop basic literacy amongst its pupils.  The participating school’s’ key objective...
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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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