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The dangers of the single story

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August, 25th 2015
Catherine Kell, Associate Professor of Linguistics, specialising in literary studies at the University of the Western Cape, speaks to us about the danger of the single story and necessity of different narratives: A group of lees-mammies (reading-mommies) talked to me about story-telling in their lives when they were young children growing up on wine-farms in the Western Cape where their parents worked as labourers. The...
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Omphile is a 13 year old Grade 7 learner at Prinshof School for blind and visually imapired children. She has congenital glaucoma and therefore has limited eyesight. Omphile has always enjoyed reading – perhaps because everyone else in her family reads – and would like to encourage adults and older caregivers to help other blind or visually imapired children experience the joy she has...
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The healing power of stories

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August, 17th 2015
Reading and telling stories in children’s lives are important activities that encourage children to develop their imaginations,  excellent memories and increase their vocabularies. As part of our broader ‘Story Power’ campaign, we embarked on a two-day programme of  ‘Healing through Stories’ workshops designed to use stories – written, told and read – to help children to make sense of their hardships, in a fun...
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Women's month: Literacy superwomen

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August, 17th 2015
This Women’s Day we salute local librarians, teachers and literacy activists for being inspiring change-makers in their community. The literacy librarian: Edith Khuzwayo Edith Fezeka Khuzwayo, the Managing Librarian at the Murray Park Library under the City Of Johannesburg, is one of those community members who should be celebrated not just on Women’s Day, but every day of the year. In addition to managing the day-to-day running...
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Nal’ibali's holiday Story Power

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July, 23rd 2015
Nal’ibali’s Holiday Programme was in full force this year, spreading the message that reading is an enjoyable part of daily life. Our Literacy Mentors across the country set up holiday reading programmes that ran straight throughout the July school break. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session was designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and unusual ways....
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Youth Month is a good time to reflect on the past. Our past. It is when we take a moment of silence to remember those who died to liberate us. It is important to remember. And stories are an essential part of remembering. Stories enable us to view past events as if we were part of it. As readers we are able to step into...
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With US paediatricians now prescribing reading with children as part of their essential care,  Malini Mohana speaks with local experts to see how they think the power of stories can shape children’s social, cognitive and emotional wellbeing. Storytelling is the primal way in which human beings organise and compartmentalise their experiences. We’re not just narrators of things that happen around us; we’re also the narrators...
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They're just words on a page, but books can take you places and open up worlds of wonder, enlightenment, and imagination for your children. This June Gus Silber reflects on the role his own father played in shaping his future through books and stories and the power of parents to pass this important tradition on. I grew up in a house without walls, and a...
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In praise of reading aloud

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June, 14th 2015
South African author Linda Rode is well known in the children’s book world as an avid collector and lover of fairytales.  Having authored three prize-winning children’s books of her own, compiled and contributed to a further twelve children’s anthologies and translated numerous of books and stories for children, her storytelling style is perfect for reading aloud: Since it’ll be three to four years before the...
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How family storytelling helps us grow

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June, 14th 2015
Award-winning SA author, Maxine Case, reflects on the role of intergenerational storytelling in preserving family history and supporting children’s literacy development:  During the school holidays my sisters and I would join our cousins at our grandmother’s house. With ten children underfoot, Ma had little time to devote to any of us, but she was fond of me. Like her, I was a bookworm. Ma knew...
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