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The Nal’ibali literacy supplement – produced in collaboration with the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) as part of the broader Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is now available in two new additional languages: Sesotho and Afrikaans. Along with the new languages, the distribution has also been expanded from four to five provinces, to include the Free State, as part of the Sowetan newspaper’s regional...
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Pitching in together

Posted on
22 July 2013
“Not everything that counts can be counted. And not everything that can be counted, counts.” — Albert Einstein It’s always a sign of hope when we sense the buzz of activity as organisations and individuals gear up to do volunteering for a better South Africa, especially around days such as Mandela Day. There is something we can all choose to do to help with one of...
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Nal'ibali and the SABC have teamed up this Mandela Day to read Chris van Wyk's magical story, Mr Hare meets Mr Mandela. For your own copy, to read along with us, go here... and check the times below for when to listen in! Station Show Times Language Ligwalagwala Fm Breakfast Show 9h00 - 10h00 (09h15 - 09h25) Swati Phalaphala Fm Lifestyle Show 9h05 - 12h05 (11h15 - 11.h18) Venda Motsweding FM Resemeletse Show 9h00 - 12h00 (09h22 - 09h33) Tswana Munghana Lonene Fm Gingirikani Show 9h00 - 12h00 (9h50 -...
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How reading saved my life

Posted on
15 July 2013
I am alive today because reading saved my life. There are not many people who love reading. It is so disappointing to find that people still have negative attitudes towards reading. I can’t blame them because we all have different experiences and reasons. I long for a day where reading and writing will be advertised and hyped up like drugs and alcohol. Billboards everywhere, TV,...
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“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” -          Nelson Mandela The 18th of July is the 5th Nelson Mandela Day celebration, and we want you to celebrate by giving 67 minutes of your time to a reading club near you. Spend your...
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This Mandela Day, Nal'ibali called on radio stations across the country to help create 67 minutes of collective storytelling across the airwaves. Not only did the stations respond, they went above and beyond, airing far more than the required 67 minutes of children’s stories in support of the campaign’s mission to create the conditions that grow a love of reading, and hence promote literacy development...
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Success Story: Felicia Watson

Posted on
10 June 2013
“Though unbelievable, some of our learners do not own reading books and the supplements allow them to own a book. We also stock some of the stories in our library and so a whole class can read the same story aloud for shared reading.”
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67 ways to celebrate Mandela Day

Posted on
9 June 2013
Try these ideas to inspire reading, writing and storytelling among children - not just on Mandela Day, but every day of the year, because children who are passionate readers today, are tomorrow’s leading problem solvers. Once you’ve tried these, download all 67 ideas here! Visit a reading club where you can read to children, tell them stories, drop off books and stationery – not just during Mandela Month...
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Nal'ibali training in May

Posted on
6 June 2013
This May the Nal’ibali team travelled the country, doing live reading club demonstrations. These training sessions offer participants a clear understanding of the purpose of Nal’ibali reading clubs (to promote reading for enjoyment as a literacy development strategy) and to give practical advice on how to organise activities, create a safe and nurturing reading space, and most importantly, to encourage reading for pleasure!  The live demonstration training...
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As part of its national roll-out of a Children’s Literacy Charter, Nal’ibali Cluster Mentors have begun sharing the Charter with the parents of their reading clubs and broader communities. The Charter, a guide for adults and caregivers on the different kinds of literacy experiences all children need to have to become fully literate citizens, was excitedly received by the parents, grandparents, teachers and supervising adults...
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