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We are celebrating International Mother Language Day and we don't want you to miss out.  Mother Tongue Day Nal'ibali events : 21 February 2018 Province  Date  LM Venue  Time  Guest EC   Madoda Ndlakuse   VUBA Primary School Hall  11:00am - 13:00pm Mr Thandile Kona                          EC   Malusi  Puwe  Elufefeni Primary  10:00am-11:30am SGB Chairperson             EC   Abongile Davani  Johannes Nothyawa Community Hall, Mgxabakazi Village, Amajingqi,Willovale  11:00am-12:30pm                           KZN    Sanelisiwe Intshanga Primary School 15:00pm - 16:30pm Mr. M. Mtolo (Community activist)                                     GP   Molefe Tebelelo Primary School 14:30pm - 15:30pm       Portia Daniso Presbyterian church of Southern Africa                  Limpopo    Salome Maluleke  Megoring Primary School in Mentz village  07:00am-...
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Nal'ibali invites you to attend this year's International Mother Language Day event on the 21st of February 2018.  The event will be an open panel discussion facilitated by Nal'ibali's Literacy Mentor, Thandoxolu Mkoyi. The panel will comprise three speakers:  Dr Nomfundo Mali from PANSALB. Ms Somikazi Deyi from UCT's African languages department. Ms Bulelwa Basse, founder of the Lyrical Base Project, an arts and culture organisation. The topic for the evening is: Mother...
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We did it! Over 1 million children read to

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February, 13th 2018
The Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign called on everyone in South Africa to read aloud to the children in their lives in recognition of World Read Aloud Day. World Read Aloud Day was started by LitWorld to celebrate the power and beauty of words, and advocate for children’s rights to read and write. Nal’ibali Ambassadors and Nal’ibali partners were encouraged to print out the story and share it within their...
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Xolisa Guzula The new year has started and as parents and caregivers we are preparing our children for the start of the new school year. Our children are transitioning from one grade to another and from one phase to another, and each phase or grade has its new challenges. I can see from social media updates that parents are already getting anxious about helping their...
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Join me in reading aloud

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January, 15th 2018
As 2017 wound down, South Africa heard news that broke our collective hearts. A report by Progress in International Literacy Study (PIRLS) alerted us to the fact that 78 percent of South African fourth graders cannot read for meaning in any language. This, despite education being one of the ministries that consistently get a big chunk of the national budget annually. So where are...
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Meet Zukiswa Wanner: Our WRAD storyteller

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January, 15th 2018
There is no doubt that Zukiswa Wanner is one of South Africa's most talented authors and storytellers. Her debut novel, The Madam, was published in 2006 and since then Zukiswa has remained relevant and one of the most important voices of our time. This year's World Read Aloud Day story, 'The final minute', was written by Zukiswa. She will also be the storyteller at the...
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Nal'ibali Holiday Activities

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December, 18th 2017
With the festive season upon us, Nal’ibali invites all children, parents and caregivers to be part of our holiday activations. 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 ways. The holiday programme starts on the 12th December and runs...
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Where will you be in ten years’ time? Whether it’s a growing business or growing family, we all make plans for our future. Yet our future selves are either enabled or limited by our broader context. So, what is our national context in a generation’s time?  Results from a global literacy study last week paint a devastating picture. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study...
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A year of making impact and success for Nal’ibali  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. The campaign was started in 2012 and this year we celebrated five years- a full five years of empowering young minds through storytelling and reading. Since our launch in 2012, we have solidly...
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Young SA Authors taking over the world

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December, 5th 2017
Young SA Authors taking over the world South Africa is home to young authors who are changing the game not only locally, but internationally. A reading nation is a winning nation and these young minds are contributing to creating more content for young ones. Here is a list of the youngest and most impressive writers born and bred in SA.  Michelle Nkamankeng, who in 2016 became the...
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