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The Three-Legged Pot Of African Literacy

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September 11, 2017
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First published in The Mercury, 11 September 2017 Most parents or adults I have interacted with have positive aspirations for the children in their lives. They all want their children to be successful, to become somebody. They often refer to being literate as one of the ingredients of success for their children. But although parents have these aspirations, teaching children to read and write remains...
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Giving Pupils Power Through Reading

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June 22, 2017
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First published in the Daily Dispatch 05 June 2017 Cokisa Sicwebu is a KwaZulu-Natal based Nal'ibali literacy mentor. She is in charge of seven story sparkers and oversees thirty five schools in the remote rural Ugu district near port Shepstone, spanning Hibberdene  and the Umtwalume district. Heather Robertson chatted to her about how she manages to encourage the love of reading in these communities. Why did...
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Bringing Reading To Life

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June 01, 2017
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First published in The Mercury 01 June 2017 Research has also shown that literacy and language development does not happen through rote learning, testing or correcting mistakes and pronunciation. Nor does it happen when a teacher mechanically follows a standard lesson plan.  While observing teaching practice between 1992 and 2002, I witnessed, with few variations, the same model of a reading lesson:  The children sit obediently...
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New Schools Project Launched

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February 06, 2017
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Press release issued: 11 January 2017 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,...
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Reaching Rural Readers

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January 15, 2017
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First published in the Daily Dispatch, 16 January 2017 Six kilometres from the sea and 15 kilometers inland from the small coastal town of Hibberdene in KwaZulu-Natal, is a rural primary school called Esibanini. Mrs Bhengu is the principal. She became a teacher like her mother, and her mother before her. But, despite its remoteness, things are changing in her town: the houses now have...
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