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Nal'ibali's year in review: 2014

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January, 14th 2015
In 2014, celebrities, organisations, and most importantly, caregivers and parents helped us spread the power of stories across the country. Let’s take a look at the best of these inspiring moments! Embracing International Mother Tongue Day To celebrate the importance of mother  tongue languages in South Africa, celebrities tweeted for us in their home language, helping to get #InMyLanguage trending on Twitter.  The celebs who helped...
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Nal'ibali's year in review: 2014

Posted on
January, 14th 2015
In 2014, celebrities, organisations, and most importantly, caregivers and parents helped us spread the power of stories across the country. Let’s take a look at the best of these inspiring moments! Embracing International Mother Tongue Day To celebrate the importance of mother  tongue languages in South Africa, celebrities tweeted for us in their home language, helping to get #InMyLanguage trending on Twitter.  The celebs who helped...
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Johannesburg, 11 December 2014 - These school holidays, South African Airways (SAA) has partnered with the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to help children soar to great heights through storytelling and reading. During December and January 2015, passengers travelling with children, and  unaccompanied minors, will be offered a specially-developed magazine containing two children’s stories written by local authors, fun literacy activities, and  a holiday “reading passport” with challenges...
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Johannesburg, 11 December 2014 - These school holidays, South African Airways (SAA) has partnered with the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to help children soar to great heights through storytelling and reading. During December and January 2015, passengers travelling with children, and  unaccompanied minors, will be offered a specially-developed magazine containing two children’s stories written by local authors, fun literacy activities, and  a holiday “reading passport” with challenges...
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HeraldLIVE: World boost for reading project

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December, 8th 2014
An initiative in which The Herald and other Times Media Group (TMG) newspapers are partners has won international recognition. The not-for-profit Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA), the Times Media partner in the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, was awarded the Ibby-Asahi Reading Promotion Award in Mexico City this month. The award was initiated by the International Board on Books for Young People (Ibby) and sponsored by the Japanese newspaper company...
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One of the lesser appreciated problems in South Africa which, if tackled correctly, could have a knock on effect for everything from business acumen to social understanding to basic education is that in a lot of areas within the country, there’s no such thing as a reading culture. As the Spanish philosopher George Santayana put it, “those who do not remember history are doomed...
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Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has created a set of specially illustrated public storytelling seats to inspire children and caregivers to sit and share stories together. Made out of recycled bathtubs, and placed in public places around Cape Town, the seats form part of the campaign’s current ‘Story Power. Bring it home’ drive, aimed at raising awareness about the power of stories to spark...
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The Sunday Times, in partnership with PRAESA (The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), recently launched the Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storybook in four new languages. As part of the Nal’ibali national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, the storybook called ‘Storytime’ was introduced for the first time in English last year. This year, through a generous donation of funds from readers and the Little Hands Trust, and in...
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Today is World Literacy Day and we’re big fans of reading, whether its with a book or via a screen. But, most of all, we’re even bigger fans of cuddling up with our kids for a good old bedtime story. The benefits of reading to children when young, and reading with them later on are well documented but, what we feel can’t quite be encapsulated in research, is the...
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Story as meaning-making

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December, 4th 2014
Stories are woven so tightly into the fabric of our everyday lives that it’s easy to overlook their significance in framing how we think about ourselves and the world. They fill every part of our daily lives as we talk about events and people, read books and news reports, gossip, send text messages, listen to music, watch video clips, and catch up on a...
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