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Join me in reading aloud

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January, 15th 2018
As 2017 wound down, South Africa heard news that broke our collective hearts. A report by Progress in International Literacy Study (PIRLS) alerted us to the fact that 78 percent of South African fourth graders cannot read for meaning in any language. This, despite education being one of the ministries that consistently get a big chunk of the national budget annually. So where are...
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Meet Zukiswa Wanner: Our WRAD storyteller

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January, 15th 2018
There is no doubt that Zukiswa Wanner is one of South Africa's most talented authors and storytellers. Her debut novel, The Madam, was published in 2006 and since then Zukiswa has remained relevant and one of the most important voices of our time. This year's World Read Aloud Day story, 'The final minute', was written by Zukiswa. She will also be the storyteller at the...
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Nal'ibali Holiday Activities

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December, 18th 2017
With the festive season upon us, Nal’ibali invites all children, parents and caregivers to be part of our holiday activations. Our skilled storytellers are waiting to welcome you in your area. In keeping with the holiday spirit, each programme session has been designed to get children involved with stories and storytelling in fun and engaging ways. The holiday programme starts on the 12th December and runs...
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Where will you be in ten years’ time? Whether it’s a growing business or growing family, we all make plans for our future. Yet our future selves are either enabled or limited by our broader context. So, what is our national context in a generation’s time?  Results from a global literacy study last week paint a devastating picture. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study...
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A year of making impact and success for Nal’ibali  The Nal'ibali Trust is built on simple logic:  that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa. The campaign was started in 2012 and this year we celebrated five years – a full five years of empowering young minds through storytelling and reading. Since our launch in 2012, we have solidly...
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Young SA Authors taking over the world

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December, 5th 2017
Young SA Authors taking over the world South Africa is home to young authors who are changing the game not only locally, but internationally. A reading nation is a winning nation and these young minds are contributing to creating more content for young ones. Here is a list of the youngest and most impressive writers born and bred in SA.  Michelle Nkamankeng, who in 2016 became the...
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Children's rights in South Africa
The dawn of a new South Africa in 1994 not only came with a constitution, it also came with The Children’s Charter.   In 1992, a special summit was held in Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose of this summit was to discuss the challenges faced by children living in South Africa and was attended by over 200 children between the ages of 12 and 17. ...
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Reading to figure out fact from fake

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November, 28th 2017
Reading to Figure out Fact from Fake Jade Jacobsohn In the wake of the thwarted vote of no confidence against Jacob Zuma, my phone buzzed to life with the speedy humour and amateur autopsies that typically escort all big news events down the tawdry carpet of history. One message contained a recording from 702’s Bongani Bingwa’s talk show on Women’s Day. In it an anonymous caller, claiming...
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Stories: Evolutionary tools of our humanity

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November, 23rd 2017
Stories: Evolutionary Tools of our Humanity By Jade Jacobsohn Author Ursula K Le Guin once wrote, “there have been a great many societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.” Which is peculiar. There is such huge diversity in the human experience that this consistent social norm, shared across every country and every culture, has fascinated anthropologists...
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School libraries matter

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November, 10th 2017
October is celebrated worldwide as school library month. School libraries are cherished as safe, physical spaces for children and young adults to read, inquire and build new knowledge. In the 21st century, school libraries are increasingly identified as digital spaces too, in which reading for personal and social development, research and exploration are encouraged. However, in South Africa, school library month went by largely uncelebrated. ...
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