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It takes a village to keep libraries alive

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March 27, 2018
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The Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) celebrates South African Library Week from 19-25 March 2018 with the theme, Libraries: Heart of the Community. SA Library Week was initiated in 2001 by LIASA to be a commemorative period recognised by government for all types of libraries across the country to market their services. This development was partially due to joint ventures, partnerships, cultural...
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Starting a reading revolution is schools

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Starting a reading revolution is schools By: Michael Cekiso, Story Powered Schools Project Manager What’s the best way to improve a child’s school results across the board? What if there could be one magical intervention that could skyrocket a child’s progress in every area of their lives? What a dream it would be for funders. What a gamechanger it would be for learners!  As it turns...
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KZN Winners of the Reading Club Competition Announced!

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Story Powered Schools is proud to announce the KwaZulu-Natal winners of its new interschool reading club competition! Competing against reading clubs from 12 other primary schools in each of their districts, Elangeni Read Club from Mthini Primary in Ugu, and Siyafunda Reading Club from Nkanyezi Primary School in Uthukela, came out tops! Not only were the clubs judged on their dedication to reading, writing and...
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Finalists in the Reading-Club-Showcase Competition!

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Reading-Club Competition Helps Root Reading in Schools

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Showcasing their commitment to reading over the past year, hundreds of school-based reading clubs in the Story Powered Schools network in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will compete for the title of Best Reading Club in their districts starting this August. The competition will take place over two elimination rounds, both of which will allow local clubs the opportunity to meet, get to know each...
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Holiday Programmes Honour Mandela

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With schools closed for the mid-year break, Story Powered Schools Literacy Mentors are ensuring that not only do the children of the school communities they serve stay entertained and engaged, but that the legacy of Nelson Mandela and the values he lived by are passed on by sharing one of his favourite children's stories, The Snake Chief, in special holiday reading programmes. The July school...
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Schools and Communities Working Together

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Working to strengthen the natural partnerships between schools and communities, close to 3 000 parents, caregivers, and representatives from community organisations such as churches and libraries attended special community trainings at the rural schools that form part of Nal’ibali’s Story Powered Schools network this May. “It takes a village to raise a child,” says Story Powered Schools programme manager, Michael Cekiso, explaining the valuable role...
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Get Caught Reading

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May is Get-Caught-Reading Month. It’s a time to encourage others to connect or reconnect with reading and the easiest way to do this is by being a reading role model! Children can role model reading for other children, and adults can role model reading for adults and for children too. The Story Powered Schools team is encouraging young and old to break free of their...
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Addressing the Literacy Rights of Rural Children

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This April, Nal’ibali’s Story Powered Schools team is hosting a series of community dialogues at over 200 rural schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal to give attention to the issues of children’s literacy rights. The dialogues will provide an opportunity to show parents, educators and community members what they can do to support the literacy learning of all our children, including those in...
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Reviving the Art of Storytelling

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Storytelling is an ancient practice that has been used to educate the young and pass on cultural practices for centuries, and, not only is it an important part of South African heritage, it is valuable tool for developing children’s early literacy skills too! This March, in honour of World Storytelling day, Story Powered Schools Literacy Mentors and Story Sparkers held a special storytelling events...
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