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Gogo's Tips: Celebrating African languages

Posted on
21 February 2022
Hello! It’s Gogo here. February 21 is International Mother Language Day, and I want to remind you of the importance of African languages. Afrikaans:PDF    English: PDF   IsiXhosa: PDF  IsiZulu: PDF
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My name is Jane Rumbidzai Semu. I am a Zimbabwean living in Cape Town, South Africa. Thabo’s Diary is the first story I have submitted to Nalibali. I did it as a response to Nal’ibali’s Call for stories. My inspiration for writing children’s stories comes from my late mother. As a child, I grew up in a township where there was no access to a local...
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If, ‘The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page,’ then Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – has been the catalyst for millions of lifetime journeys. Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for ‘Here’s the story’) was founded in 2012 to spark children's potential through storytelling and reading. Each year since, it has been leading literacy change in SA by galvanising adults into reading...
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My name is Mbali Dipuo Kgame. I was born in Zola in Soweto, but grew up in a small, isolated township called Poortjie in the Vaal. As a teen, I moved back to Zola, so both places have influenced my writing and creativity. I have written two stories for Nal’ibali, Hair Magic for Radio Stories Season 5 and The Djembe Drum for Season 6. Hair...
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On Friday, 17 September, children across South Africa will be invited to mail a postcard to their loved ones anywhere in the country, free of charge at selected post offices. This opportunity – a commemoration of National Literacy Month – is made possible by the South African Post Office and Nal’ibali. Nal’ibali, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading, has...
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  Storytelling is an essential forerunner in children’s literacy development and an important way of preserving culture and language. Yet many of the same stories appear in different parts of the world: passed down from generation to generation, retold in various languages and with different cultural adaptations. These classic fairy tales contain important moral lessons and universal human truths.    As part of Literacy and Heritage Month,...
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Meet  53 year old mam Florah Dlamini. From Centocow in Mzikhulu, a small town three hours from Durban. Florah has a reading club in her community and has over the years encouraged many other parents and caregivers to do the same. What are you currently working on for Nal'ibali and what do you enjoy doing most?  Reading books with children is what I mostly enjoy doing. I...
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By: Yandiswa Xhakaza As a woman, you either love or hate the month of August. It's the month when women are inundated with requests to attend events, asked to share their experiences, struggles, triumphs, and are reminded of how much more they can (read: should) achieve, despite the challenges they endure. What does it mean to be a woman? This is a personal question because it...
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Meet our Eastern Cape FUNda Leader, 38-year-old Zanele Ndlovu from Gwenxintaba village in Lusikisiki. Zanele is passionate about literacy and has been involved in several initiatives to help instill the love of reading for children in her community. What are you currently working on for Nal'ibali and what do you enjoy doing most? I am the co-founder and director of the Novulakuvaliwe Library. We work with...
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Khumo Tapfumaneyi is a co-founder of Ethnikids, a specialist online bookstore sourcing and selling children’s books that feature characters of colour in different South African languages. Tapfumaneyi has made it her mission to ensure that as many children as possible can fall in love with reading by seeing children just like themselves reflected in the stories they read. The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign caught up with...
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