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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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This month Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is launching a Siswati edition of its popular bilingual newspaper story supplement for children and their caregivers. Previously available in eight different official-language combinations, the new addition of Siswati is part of Nal’ibali’s vision to ensure that every child in South Africa has access to good-quality leisure-reading materials in their mother tongue. “Stories help develop children’s...
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“Zinhle loved skipping in the playground with her friends Sindi and Zongi. Just one thing worried her...”  This is how the story Hair Magic by Mbali Kgame begins and is just one of hundreds of stories that the Nal’ibali team has published in different official South African languages over the past eight years. Now, in a bid to provide more low-cost access to free and...
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Xhakaza is an avid educationalist and has committed her life to solving complex social problems. She believes education is one of the most powerful ways through which people can be uplifted from poverty. Having recently completed her MBA from the University of Pretoria's business school, Gordon Institute of Business Science, Xhakaza is excited to use business principles to solve social problems. She joins Nal’ibali –...
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Locking in With Stories

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April, 14th 2020
During the lockdown period of the COVID19, many South African parents and caregivers have been left feeling worried and confused. The nationally imposed lockdown means that individuals are required to stay at home for their own and others’ safety. For both children and adults, it is normal to experience a range of emotions about it – fear, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, sadness, and even anger....
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