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Nal'ibali announces a new Director

Posted on
9 April 2024
South Africa, Tuesday, 09 April 2024 – The board of the Nal’ibali Trust, a reading for enjoyment campaign is delighted to announce the appointment of Lorato Trok as the new director, starting 1 May 2024. Lorato is an early literacy expert who has been working in the field for over twenty years. She has authored several children's books and nonfiction biographies for young adults. Lorato...
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On International Mother Language Day, the Dominican School for the Deaf in Cape Town brightened the spirit of inclusivity and linguistic celebration. The lively atmosphere of the school resonated with the joyous expressions of its students, reflecting the vibrant culture and linguistic diversity thriving within the deaf community. At the heart of this celebration was a profound acknowledgment of the transformative power of using sign...
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​The beautiful thing about learning is that no-one can take it away. Unemployment and lack of education – especially literacy – are two key concerns in South Africa. The official unemployment rate was 31,9% in the third quarter of last year. In addition, the 2030 Reading Panel Report found that most children leave Grade 1, without knowing the alphabet and 82% of Grade 4 learners...
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Nal'ibali Limpopo SEF team graduates

Posted on
24 November 2023
Nal’ibali began working as a Strategic Implementation partner of the Social Employment Fund, a project started by the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), to combat the high unemployment and low literacy rates in South Africa in August 2022.  According to Stats SA, the unemployment rate in South Africa is currently sitting at 32.9%, a 0.2% increase from the fourth quarter of 2022. To increase employment in the...
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In East London, a group of children are giggling their way through an isiXhosa book, being read to them by their ECD teacher. In Queenstown, a “story sparker” is listening to a young boy retelling a story that he had been read, in his own words. These children and adults have all been part of the Yizani Sifunde (Come, let’s read) project - a...
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Nal'ibali is officially present in all 9 South African provinces. This comes after our Nal'ibali North West Launch at Moretele.   The North West province is an exciting addition to furthering Nal'ibali's vision of encouraging children to have positive experiences with stories and reading books in South Africa. In collaboration with the National Education Collaboration Trust, the Department of Basic Education in the North West Province, and...
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Nal'ibali's new Theory of Change

Posted on
5 September 2023
This year marks the release of Nal’ibali Children’s Anthology Storybook, which is a collection of 20 original short stories that are suitable for children from the ages of 0 – 7 years. The anthology features an exciting array of beautifully illustrated South African stories with subjects are aimed at igniting a love of books and stories in children across South Africa. Nal’ibali Literacy Month...
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In partnership with Old Mutual, Nal'ibali aims to use this year’s Mandela Day’s 67 minutes to reach a combined number of 670 learners from selected schools across Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Free State, Northern Cape and Gauteng provinces. The schools selected for this year's Mandela Day initiative were chosen based on need, with many lacking essential learning materials like books, flashcards and reading charts....
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Considering the recent PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) 2021 report that revealed that 81% of SA Grade 4 learners cannot read for meaning, Nal’ibali and TNF’s Khula Funda Literacy programme has created a spelling bee and story writing competition to spread love for learning and build a reading culture amongst primary school children in Soweto, Gauteng. The Nal’ibali - TNF Khula Funda...
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