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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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Get Caught Reading

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May 05, 2017
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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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April 10, 2017
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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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March 30, 2017
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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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Reading Aloud to Thousands This World Read Aloud Day

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March 03, 2017
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Supporting the Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign’s annual World Read Aloud Day initiative, the Story Powered Schools project read aloud to over 67 000 school children across KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape this February! Each year Nal’ibali celebrates World Read Aloud Day to raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud in children’s literacy development and issues a brand-new story in South Africa’s 11 official languages. Asking adults and...
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Community Radio Stations Back Story Powered Schools Project

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February 21, 2017
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Coming on board to spread the power of stories deeper into their communities, radio stations Inkonjane FM, Good News Community Radio, Ugu Youth Radio, Radio Sunny South, Radio Khwezi and Link FM will be supporting the Story Powered Schools project by making Nalíbali children’s stories in home languages as well as English part of their regular programming from March. “Stories and storytelling lie at the...
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Story Powered Schools Project Launched

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January 11, 2017
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Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to bring the campaign’s proven approach to literacy development to select rural schools in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces. Focussing on nurturing a love of reading for joy in English and home languages to spark children’s potential and unlock their school learning, the schools’ initiative, titled: ‘Story...
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