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Gogo's Tips: Celebrating African languages

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February, 21st 2022
Hello! It’s Gogo here. February 21 is International Mother Language Day, and I want to remind you of the importance of African languages. Afrikaans:PDF    English: PDF   IsiXhosa: PDF  IsiZulu: PDF
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Nal’ibali makes me feel welcome as a writer

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February, 10th 2022
My name is Jane Rumbidzai Semu. I am a Zimbabwean living in Cape Town, South Africa. Thabo’s Diary is the first story I have submitted to Nalibali. I did it as a response to Nal’ibali’s Call for stories. My inspiration for writing children’s stories comes from my late mother. As a child, I grew up in a township where there was no access to a local...
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Celebrating 10 years of World Read Aloud Day

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January, 17th 2022
If, ‘The journey of a lifetime starts with the turning of a page,’ then Nal’ibali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – has been the catalyst for millions of lifetime journeys. Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for ‘Here’s the story’) was founded in 2012 to spark children's potential through storytelling and reading. Each year since, it has been leading literacy change in SA by galvanising adults into reading...
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On Friday, 17 September, children across South Africa will be invited to mail a postcard to their loved ones anywhere in the country, free of charge at selected post offices. This opportunity – a commemoration of National Literacy Month – is made possible by the South African Post Office and Nal’ibali. Nal’ibali, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading, has...
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Q&A with KZN FUNda Leader - Florah Dlamini

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August, 18th 2021
Meet  53 year old mam Florah Dlamini. From Centocow in Mzikhulu, a small town three hours from Durban. Florah has a reading club in her community and has over the years encouraged many other parents and caregivers to do the same. What are you currently working on for Nal'ibali and what do you enjoy doing most?  Reading books with children is what I mostly enjoy doing. I...
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By: Yandiswa Xhakaza As a woman, you either love or hate the month of August. It's the month when women are inundated with requests to attend events, asked to share their experiences, struggles, triumphs, and are reminded of how much more they can (read: should) achieve, despite the challenges they endure. What does it mean to be a woman? This is a personal question because it...
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REPRESENTATION IS KEY TO READING SUCCESS

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July, 3rd 2021
Khumo Tapfumaneyi is a co-founder of Ethnikids, a specialist online bookstore sourcing and selling children’s books that feature characters of colour in different South African languages. Tapfumaneyi has made it her mission to ensure that as many children as possible can fall in love with reading by seeing children just like themselves reflected in the stories they read. The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign caught up with...
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A love of reading is sparked when children see themselves in stories and relate it to their lives, even more so when it is shared in their home language. Xolisa Guzula – early literary specialist, author and translator – agrees that when children learn to read in their mother tongues it’s much easier to build on that foundation. However, a survey by the Publishers Association SA...
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Nal'ibali helped kickstart my career

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May, 31st 2021
I am Melody Ngomane, born and bred in Hazyview, Mpumalanga. My first contact with Nal’ibali was in 2019 when I submitted stories for their radio stories season 5 submission. I have since submitted 21 stories for both Seasons 5 and 6. Some of those, namely The old woman and the bee, The mirror in the jungle, The kind man, Daisy’s little voice and Lazy Lollie were...
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Meet Bubele Retshe My writing journey dates back to 2005 when I fell in love with reading and the English language. It was the year that I was sent to a school where English was the medium of teaching and communication. At that point in my life, the only English phrase I knew with confidence was, "Good morning, ma'am." My English was so poor that I...
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