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Nali'Bali in the media

On the eve of Youth Day and cusp of Father’s Day, Thulani Magazi, the editor of community newspapers, City Vision and the People’s Post, talks to Nal’ibali – South Africa’s joy for reading campaign - about his approach towards home schooling his children and his responsibilities as a working dad in a global pandemic.   The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus in South Africa in March...
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Positive Father Figures Raise Bright Kids

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June, 17th 2020
A father figure’s interest in his child’s education – which is the time spent on their homework and schooling – is vital in determining his or her academic achievements. It can also outweigh the negative impact of racism and poverty in a young person’s life. Further, the amount of time a father figure spends reading with his children is one of the best ways...
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It would seem that many parents are still very reluctant to send their children back to school. Especially those with children in public schools who do not particularly believe that all the necessary precautions will be taken, or that their children (given how young they are) will be able to follow what seems like complex COVID-19 protocols. Many parents have been heard saying that they...
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This June Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is focussing on fathers and father-figures, and the powerful role men can play in their children’s lives, simply by reading and spending time with them.   We know that fathers have an important role to play in the lives of their children. And, research over the last twenty years tells us that fathers can strengthen their...
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Growing up in rural Pongola, Kwa-Zulu Natal, I used to listen to my grandparents telling folktales such as How the Rock Rabbit Missed Having a Tail, amongst many others. I loved listening to these stories because they were told in my language – SiSwati – and I could understand them very well. What always worried me though, was who would take over telling these...
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Telling Stories

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May, 19th 2020
Teaching your children to read and to love reading is a valuable investment in their education. This series of family-literacy articles is provided by the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign to support caregivers during and after the national lockdown. Telling stories is rewarding and fun! It allows children to experience the spoken word, instilling in them great communication skills and a love of reading. It also a wonderfully...
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Sharing Books And Stories

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May, 18th 2020
Teaching your children to read and to love reading is a valuable investment in their education. This series of family-literacy articles is provided by the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign to support caregivers during and after the national lockdown. Sharing books and stories with your children helps to build a strong and loving bond with them while also helping to develop the literacy skills that are so important...
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Making Literacy A Part Of Your Home

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May, 18th 2020
School is not the only place where teaching and learning can happen. What families do at home can offer children their first and arguably one of the most important literacy lessons. Find out how you can help your children to read and write at home with this series of family-literacy articles from Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign. Making Literacy A Part Of Your Home With children out of school, many...
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Family Literacy: The Glue That Binds Us

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May, 14th 2020
When I was growing up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, life was starkly different from what it is today. In the townships, households with electricity and a television set were a rarity; a luxury only enjoyed by a privileged few. Further, community libraries and books in homes were practically unheard of. For many, radio was the only medium of news and entertainment...
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Making Reading and Writing Fun at Home

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May, 14th 2020
Due to the uncertainty of the 2020 academic year, many parents are anxious that their children are falling behind with their schoolwork and have taken it upon themselves to homeschool their children as best they can until it is safe to send their children back to school. It is therefore understandable that parents are feeling overwhelmed. However, the good news is that school is...
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