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Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.

About Us

About us

Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. It seeks to spark and embed a culture of reading across South Africa, so that reading, writing and sharing stories – in all South African languages – is part of everyday life. Children who read and hear engaging stories in languages they understand are well equipped and motivated to learn to read and write. They are also more likely to find fulfilling jobs and to make a meaningful contribution to society.


Every day, every child enjoys a story.


To build literacy skills and lifelong reading culture in homes, schools and communities across South Africa.

Invest in a nation of readers






Nal’ibali is the recipient of the US Library of Congress Literacy Awards Programme.


The Joy of Reading Prize by the Systematic Joy of Reading at Dook 1 in Aarhus, Denmark.

Third place at the African Union's Innovation in Education Prize for the work Nal'ibali has done on its Multilingual Supplements.


Cultural Affairs Award for the Best Contribution to Language Development from the Western Cape Government.



Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA), the largest award for children’s literature in the world, received by PRAESA (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), co-founders of the Nal’ibali campaign.

The IBBY-ASAHI Reading Promotion Award.