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 caregivers nationwide to join them in reading it out loud to children on the same day; the Story Powered Schools team took up the challenge and brought this special story into the 240 rural schools they are supporting this year.
And, while read-aloud sessions big and small were taking place in classrooms as well as school fields and halls, the Story Powered Schools project team were introduced to the media at special WRAD event at uShaka Marine World.
Attended by project partners, Department of Education and USAID, an energetic reading by WRAD 2017 ambassador, author and actress Buhle Ngaba, was given to both the adults and the 80 children who joined the event from Story Powered Schools in Umlazi.
Further encouraging a love of reading, and sitting amongst the children as reading role models, players from the provincial football club, the AmaZulus, joined for the story, and, together with the nation, the Story Powered Schools project helped Nal'ibali break its read-aloud record and reach 719 627 children this year!
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