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Thirteen-year-old Limpopo pupil wins national storytelling contest

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November 09, 2018
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Story Bosso is a multilingual storytelling contest designed to provide aspiring storytellers with an opportunity to showcase their talent and to promote storytelling in all official South African languages. It’s an initiative of South Africa’s national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali. The theme for this year’s talent search was ‘South African Heroes’.  By remembering and telling the stories of our heroes, the campaign aimed to inspire greatness in...
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Keeping the habit of reading alive over the holidays

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July 31, 2018
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We know that when children find something pleasurable, they are motivated to do it again and again, and, when adults and children read and share stories together for fun, especially in their home languages, children automatically gain the language skills they need to become good readers and succeed at school.  This is the premise of Nal’ibali’s proven approach to literacy development, implemented across selected rural...
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Spreading story power in Eastern Cape: 1392 residents to be trained

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June 12, 2018
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As part of a widespread community training programme, reaching over 2 000 adults across the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, over 1 000 residents from Mount Frere, Maluti, Bizana, Flagstaff and Lusikisiki have been selected for free specialised literacy training this May. Participants will be inspired and equipped to nurture a love of reading and storytelling in home languages amongst children of all ages in a...
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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 at schools

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February 15, 2018
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Starting a reading revolution at 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 out,...
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KZN Winners of the Reading Club Competition Announced!

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September 26, 2017
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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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September 14, 2017
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Reading-Club Competition Helps Root Reading in Schools

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August 11, 2017
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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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July 11, 2017
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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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June 01, 2017
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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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