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Nal’ibali provides a platform to bring many stakeholders together to strengthen existing and collective efforts to change children's lived experiences of literacy. We believe that by rolling up our sleeves together, real progress can be made to root reading-for-enjoyment practices into the daily lives of children, their caregivers and communities to ensure meaningful and sustainable literacy development in SA.


We work with the following local, regional and corporate partners to connect children, caregivers and reading clubs to multilingual resources, stories and supplements; offer face-to-face mentoring and training workshops; and conduct research into ways we can turn any setting into a conducive one for literacy learning.



ORT SA Cape’s diverse educational expertise enriches impoverished schools and communities in South Africa. It is part of World ORT, one of the largest non-governmental education and training organisations in the world. In line with the World ORT vision, ‘Educating for Life’, ORT SA Cape’s objective is contributing to the improvement of the quality of education in South Africa, where possible, using science and technology. In its efforts to achieve its objectives, the organisation submits regularly to external evaluations and seeks partnerships with other relevant bodies.


Etafeni has developed a model of a community-built, community-staffed centre serving vulnerable children and their caregivers in Nyanga outside Cape Town.  Based on attachment theory, Etafeni  works with HIV+ or otherwise vulnerable mothers and grannies in the Women’s Wellness programme and offers preschool and afterschool care to vulnerable children.  The centre has an organic vegetable garden, a nutrition programme, a mobile VCT and TB screening unit, a lay counsellor programme, a social work and community care programme and a programme for unemployed youth called Fit for Life, Fit for Wo

Persona Doll Training

Persona Doll Training (PDT), a non-profit organisation based in Cape Town, has been working nationally since 2004. PDT’s vision is of a South Africa free from prejudice, where everyone experiences dignity and feels respected and included.

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The South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP)

The South African Education and Environment Project (SAEP) is a Cape Town-based non-profit organisation that has been serving youth since 1994. It aims to empower people who are neglected by South Africa’s education system through tutoring, skills development, enrichment activities, support and mentorship. It runs seven education programmes at the early childhood, secondary school, post-matric and tertiary levels, including a capacity-building programme for educare centres and a bridging year for matriculants who need a second chance to access and succeed in tertiary education.

The Shine Centre

Shine Literacy is an award-winning leader in Foundation Phase literacy innovation in South Africa. Since its inception in 2000, Shine Literacy has taken an entrepreneurial approach to tackling the country’s stubborn and unacceptably low literacy rates. Focusing on developing the reading, writing and speaking skills of Grade Two and Three children from low-income communities, Shine Literacy aims to support children to engage effectively with learning by the time they finish the Foundation Phase of schooling. 

Clowns without Borders SA

Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is a humanitarian organisation dedicated to using arts-based interventions to improve the psychosocial well-being of children and families affected by crisis. Since 2004, CWBSA has provided emotional relief to over 210 000 beneficiaries through performances and arts interventions all around the world.

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The Centre for Education Rights and Transformation

The Centre for Education Rights and Transformation (CERT) seeks to make a positive contribution to knowledge creation and social transformation. It combines academic research with action learning, fostering educational change at the grassroots. The Centre’s work is anchored in the ideals of social, political and economic democracy; racial, class, gender and language equity; and diversity in knowledge creation, discovery and dissemination. It defends education and human rights and promotes transformative teaching and learning.


Wordworks was established in 2005 with the aim of strengthening early language and literacy learning among children from historically disadvantaged communities in South Africa. By sharing its materials, know-how and enthusiasm with teachers, parents, volunteer tutors and home visitors, Wordworks seeks to ensure that children can learn to read and write successfully and have fair opportunities to reach their fullest potential.


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Centre for the Book

The Centre for the Book is an outreach unit of the National Library of South Africa. It is responsible for promoting a culture of reading, nurturing writers and their writings and encouraging publishing in all local languages, and promoting easy access to books for all South Africans. From time to time, the Centre conducts capacity-building workshops for budding writers, such as in creative writing, writing and illustrating for children, editing and manuscript development.

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Jet is a clothing retailer that has over 321 stores across South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland making it the biggest clothing retailer in Southern Africa. The Jet Club magazine was started after the success of the clothing store to reach a wider target market and keep the public informed about what is in store. 

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Pick n Pay

Pick n Pay is the second largest supermarket chain store in South Africa, established in 1967. Through our various Corporate Social Investment initiatives Pick n Pay is uplifting our communities and spreading care and smiles.


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The Ackermans story goes back as far as 1916, when Gus Ackerman opened the first store in Wynberg, Cape Town. His vision was to create a place where customers could find great products at fantastic prices.

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SABC Education

Established in 1996, SABC Education is an SABC business unit responsible for delivering the educational mandate of the public broadcaster. SABC Education’s content on TV and radio is gathered from a wide range of educational issues and contributes to a rich cultural shared South African identity. Its primary focus is formal, public and youth education.

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Volkswagen South Africa

Volkswagen South Africa has a long history of involvement in transforming the way in which people live in South Africa. Since the first Beetle rolled off the production line in August 1951, Volkswagen has become one of the leading passenger car manufacturers in the country.

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South African Post Office

South African Post Office (SAPO) is the national postal service of South Africa. SAPO has outlets throughout the country and therefore has a presence in almost every single town and city in South Africa.


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Big School Enterprises

Big School Enterprises runs a Big School Adventure programme of activity that is designed to commemorate, celebrate and better equip children for their first year in primary school, and for the exciting journey of discovery and learning that goes with it in Grade One.

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Jacana Media

Jacana Media has a reputation for publishing books that are entirely southern African in content, idiom, illustration and style. Jacana publishes books on a range of topics and genres, including reference books on South African history, geography and culture; award-winning illustrated children’s fiction; and challenging and current fiction for teenagers.

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Cambridge University Press

The African Branch of Cambridge University Press, based in Cape Town, is responsible for all countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to its marketing responsibilities, the Branch is pursuing a wide range of publishing activities in East, West, Central and southern Africa, the main thrust of which is aimed at the school market.

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PEN is a non-political organisation representing writers of the world, defending free expression and encourages literature. PEN lives by a strong PEN Charter, which champions the ideal of ‘One humanity living in peace in one world’. PEN South Africa is a branch of PEN International, which operates on all six continents through its 145 centres in more than 104 countries.

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The Little Hands Trust

The Little Hands Trust helps to motivate and nurture reading and writing among children and their care-givers in Africa. We do this by supporting and promoting the development and use of children’s storybooks in South Africa and, where possible, in other parts of Africa too in African languages as well as English, French and Portuguese and Arabic. In support of Nal’ibali, the Little Hands Trust is co-publishing several books for babies and older children which will be donated through the Nal’ibali network of reading clubs.

The FunDza Literacy Trust

The FunDza Literacy Trust is a non-profit trust dedicated to growing educated, engaged and empowered young South Africans. Its programmes aim to boost literacy among teens and young adults by popularising reading, growing communities of readers and developing young writing talent. FunDza works with registered beneficiary organisations to get popular and exciting fiction into the hands of young people and thereby grow a love of reading.

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Biblionef is a dynamic book-donation agency based in Cape Town. Its major focus is to provide new books to needy schools and libraries throughout South Africa, with special emphasis on organisations in townships, informal settlements and remote rural areas. Biblionef is unique in that it provides new children’s books in all 11 official South African languages, as well as in Braille, large print and tactile formats for the visually impaired. For this, it commissions publishers to reprint and translate local stories to suit the needs of the children concerned.

Kagiso Digital

Kagiso Digital is at the forefront of online digital marketing in South Africa. Specialising in the incubation of new and innovative digital opportunities, as well as the maintenance of the group’s established digital brands, Kagiso Digital is passionate about its brands and excited about the space in which it does business.

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Department of Basic Education

Department of Basic Education deals with all schools from Grade R to Grade 12, including adult literacy programmes. The aim of the DBE is to develop, maintain and support a South African school education system for the 21st century.

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Lima Rural Development Foundation

Lima Rural Development Foundation is a dynamic non-profit organisation that establishes long-term relationships with poor rural communities and seeks to link them in a range of investment opportunities with government donors and private sector funders. Lima promises to continuously make every effort to provide opportunities that will broaden the skills of as many underprivileged individuals as possible.

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loveLife is a cutting edge, highly visible South African organisation with a proven evidence-based record in reducing HIV risk among youth. loveLife promotes a vibrant youth leadership culture through on-the-ground healthy sexuality and positive lifestyle programmes aimed at building complete young leaders for an HIV-free future.

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Rotary International

Rotary International is a global association of Rotary clubs with 1.2 million members worldwide dedicated to the ideal of ‘Service above self’. Literacy is a key focus of Rotary’s activities in the communities in which the clubs operate. Rotary District 9350 is a grouping of over 60 clubs based in Angola, Namibia and South Africa, under the leadership of a district governor and an executive committee.

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General Motors South Africa Foundation

The General Motors South Africa Foundation pioneers and pilots initiatives aimed at improving education in disadvantaged schools. The Building Solid Foundations Initiative was developed to ensure that children in Foundation Phase develop solid literacy and numeracy foundations. The initiative focuses on improving literacy through teacher development and training. Teachers attend workshops and facilitators visit them in their classrooms to assist with implementation and to offer mentoring and support.


Etafeni has developed a model of a community-built, community-staffed centre serving vulnerable children and their caregivers in Nyanga, near Cape Town. Basing its practices on attachment theory, Etafeni works with HIV-positive or otherwise vulnerable mothers and grandmothers in the Women’s Wellness and Skills Development Programme and offers preschool and after-school care to vulnerable children.

Harare Library

The Harare Library in Khayelitsha was built through a partnership between the City of Cape Town Library and Information Service, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Neighbourhood Development Partnership Grant (NDPG), the German Development Bank, the Violence Prevention through Urban Upgrading (VPUU) and provincial grant funding.

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University of the Free State

With its Main Campus in Bloemfontein, the judicial capital of South Africa, the University of the Free State (UFS) is one of the oldest South African institutions of higher learning. The two other campuses are the vibrant Qwaqwa Campus in the eastern Free State and the smaller South Campus in Bloemfontein. UFS is a multicultural, parallel-medium (English and Afrikaans) institution whose history is intertwined with that of the Free State and South Africa and, to a growing extent, with Africa and the rest of the world.

Tembaletu Trust

The Tembaletu Trust started its first project – the Tembaletu Community Education Centre – in 1989. The TCEC works in communities across KwaZulu-Natal, offering adults, youth and children accessible and appropriate education and training opportunities. This education and training is aimed particularly at meeting the needs of those who, for historical and socio-economic reasons, remain economically and educationally disadvantaged.

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Project Read Grahamstown

Project Read Grahamstown is an initiative that facilitates the promotion and implementation of literacy projects in Grahamstown. An example of this is the Volunteer Programme, which supports Foundation Phase children in four sites through utilising the Wordworks and Shine methodologies developed in Cape Town.

The National Association of Child Care Workers

The National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) is an independent, non-profit organisation that provides the professional training and infrastructure to promote healthy child and youth development, and to improve standards of care and treatment for orphaned, vulnerable and at-risk children and youth in family, community and residential group care settings.


Philani is a community-based non-governmental organisation committed to promoting family health, focusing on the support of pregnant mothers, the prevention of child malnutrition and the rehabilitation of underweight children. Philani also strives to limit the suffering of families infected and affected by HIV and prevent the spread of the virus.

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The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture Provincial Library Services

The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation renders library and archive services in the province in partnership with municipalities. Through these services, the Department aims to inculcate a culture of reading, critical thinking and lifelong learning in all Gauteng communities. The community libraries focus on programmes that enhance social cohesion and thereby contribute to the communities’ socio-economic development. They provide strong educational support to learners and students in terms of resources, study space and literacy assistance.

The Family Literacy Project

The Family Literacy Project (FLP) has been working in deep rural areas of the southern Drakensberg since 2000, and currently works in 15 villages there. The Project supports four community libraries, which are open every day, and runs holiday programmes for children in these remote villages. It also facilitates a home-visiting programme to promote child and maternal health and early childhood development.

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Story Powered Schools

Story Powered Schools is a pilot project bringing the Nalíbali reading-for-enjoyment campaign’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.



USAID (United States Agency for International Development) is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realise their potential. 

USAID/South Africa partners to strengthen small- and medium-sized enterprises, create employment, improve learning and job skills, promote basic education, combat gender-based violence, and promote HIV/AIDS care, prevention and treatment. 

The DG Murray Trust

The DG Murray Trust is a funder of public benefit organisations. In partnership with its grantees, it aims to create an ethical and enabling environment where human needs and aspirations are met, and every person is given the proper opportunity to fulfil his or her potential, for both personal benefit and for that of the wider community. The Trust is the primary funding partner of the Nal’ibali initiative.

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Tiso Blackstar

Tiso Blackstar Group is a global company with its roots in Africa, operating market-leading media, broadcast and retail marketing properties. The group has strong exposure to the rapidly growing digital, broadcast and mobile markets, with a leading position in South Africa and a broad footprint across Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.


The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA)

The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) is a multilingual, early literacy research and development organisation, affiliated with the University of Cape Town. PRAESA’s work in literacy approaches, curricula, training, materials development and research has meaning making, stories and imagination as its compass point. PRAESA’s aim is to ensure all young children from diverse language, class and cultural backgrounds have appropriate opportunities to become imaginative and critical readers and writers.