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Children are hardwired to fall in love in with stories; it’s how we as humans make sense of the world around us and how we learn language. Now, in a pioneering campaign by partners Nal’ibali and Grow Great, young children and babies in Limpopo and Mpumalanga will have the opportunity to experience the magic of stories in their homes. The difference is that it...
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My favourite part of my job is when I go out into a community to attend the opening of a new library. I get excited about the opportunities and possibilities that a library represents to the community – especially to the children. The role of libraries has long since changed from being purely keepers and preservers of books. Now, many libraries are vibrant spaces...
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For 36-year-old Kathlehong resident Mthunzi Motha, FUNda Sonke has provided a perfect opportunity to connect with people across the country and learn ways to help improve literacy in his community. FUNda Sonke – isiXhosa for “everyone read” – is a loyalty programme for everyone in the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali. The programme acknowledges everyday heroes like Motha who generously volunteer their time to encourage...
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Nal’ibali, South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has partnered with municipal libraries nationwide to challenge all adults to get the children in their lives a free library membership card. South Africa lacks a culture of reading and libraries remain largely underutilised, so children are unaccustomed to borrowing books to take home to read for enjoyment. In a quest to overcome illiteracy in South Africa and to...
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Children in Limpopo will be treated to a series of exciting and free pop-up events this October, as national literacy NGO, Nal’ibali, in collaboration with Clowns Without Borders South Africa, take their libraries roadshow to the province. Between 21 and 25 October 2019, the partners will visit Limpopo with a series of free literacy-focused pop up performances that promote reading and encourages people of...
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Nal’ibali - South Africa’s reading for enjoyment campaign, received a huge boost this week, when Global Citizen Africa officially handed over 2600 children’s story books to Nal’ibali’s Story Power in Motion mobile library programme at an event at Ikageng Library in Soweto. Global Citizen is an international online community of activists who advocate for some of the world’s greatest challenges; during the months of...
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Nal’ibali, South Africa’s reading for enjoyment campaign, is Africa’s sole recipient of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards Programme, honouring 15 organisations from around the world, for their implementation of best practices in literacy promotion. The Library of Congress, said to be the largest library in the world, officially announced the winners of the 2019 Literacy Awards on Thursday 29 August, and Nal’ibali was...
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Women Authors Speak Out this Women’s Month

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August, 29th 2019
A rondavel in rural Mahlubini seemed an unlikely venue for first time author Aviwe Gudula, to read from her book, ‘Journey of her Scars to Womanhood’. Yet the intimate setting yielded a unique experience for the youth at Mahlubini Community Reading Club, in the town of Cofimvaba, in the Eastern Cape. In the final days of Women’s Month, Nal’ibali literacy mentor, Asiphe Mkumbuzi, invited...
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Tata Madiba’s Spirit Continues in July

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July, 31st 2019
In honour of Nelson Mandela and in the spirit of giving, Nal’ibali took part in various activities throughout July, that were dedicated to making a positive change in vulnerable children’s lives and their education. Mandela once said, ‘It is in your hands to make our world a better one for all,” and with this in mind, the Nal’ibali Cape Town team decided to give their attention...
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The strong arm of the law showed a much softer side when Bowmans, a leading African law firm visited some Nal'ibali reading clubs in townships in Durban, Johannesburg, and Cape Town, to read a story aloud, have a cup of tea and something sweet with some Nal’ibali bookworms. This was part of their Nelson Mandela Day initiative, earlier this month. This year, as one of...
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