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NATIONAL STORYTELLING COMPETITION TO INSPIRE A NEW GENERATION OF HEROES

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August 13, 2019
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This literacy and heritage month, Nal’ibali – the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign – in collaboration with the South African office of the United Nations, will be using its annual multilingual storytelling contest, Story Bosso, to nurture a new generation of courageous and literate children. Launching on Friday, 31 August, and running for the month of September, this year’s contest has ‘South African Heroes’ as its...
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SPREADING STORY POWER IN EASTERN CAPE: 1392 RESIDENTS TO BE TRAINED

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February 01, 2019
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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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STARTING A READING REVOLUTION IN SA SCHOOLS

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February 01, 2019
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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, there is a gamechanger: books. Policy...
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MDATYA JUNIOR PRIMARY SCHOOL WINS READING CLUB COMPETITION

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February 01, 2019
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Young readers win big in Mbizana {Mbizana, in Eastern Cape} Excitement ran high in the community of Mbizana on 12 September, when Dolphins reading club from Mdatya Junior Primary School was named the top reading club in the Mbizana. The final of the 2018 reading club competition took place over two days in Scelo Bani Hall, with the six reading clubs already having gone through...
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JOIN NAL’IBALI IN SHARING MADIBA MAGIC WITH CHILDREN THIS MANDELA DAY

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February 01, 2019
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To commemorate the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, Story Powered Schools component of Nali’bali – South Africa’s reading-for-enjoyment campaign – is highlighting some of the values he embodied by sharing a special series of three children’s stories. Made possible through a collaboration with local publisher, Heartlines, the stories focus on honesty, compassion and forgiveness and are an effective way for adults and caregivers...
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YOUNG KWAZULU-NATAL STORYTELLER WINS SPECIAL PRIZE IN NATIONAL COMPETITION

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February 01, 2019
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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. An initiative of South Africa’s national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, it receives thousands of entries each year.  Entering his story, A Man Among Men, at a special storytelling event held at his school, Sanzwile Primary School in Pietermaritzburg,...
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HANGING LIBRARY HANDOVER: MARCH / APRIL 2018

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February 01, 2019
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This March is SA Library week and the month when we begin work with our new group of schools. It also the month when we are handing over the hanging libraries. Each school will be getting five libraries, one each for Grade R to 4. These libraries will be stocked with storybooks in either isiXhosa or isiZulu and English and have been selected to excite and entertain...
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YOUNG EASTERN CAPE LEARNER WINS SPECIAL PRIZE IN NATIONAL STORYTELLING COMPETITION

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February 01, 2019
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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. An initiative of South Africa’s national-reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, it receives thousands of entries each year. Entering her story, The Former President, at a special storytelling event held at her school, Tauka Junior Secondary School in Flagstaff,...
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MBIZANA SCHOOLS TO COMPETE IN READING CLUB COMPETITION FINAL

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February 01, 2019
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Young readers lead the way with great prizes up for grabs. [Mbizana, Eastern Cape] Reading Clubs from six schools in Mbizana will be showing off their own ‘story power’ this coming week. On 11 and 12 September, the final round of the 2018 Mbizana reading club competition will take place in Scelo Bani Hall, Ntsingizi Community. During the same week, similar competitions will take place...
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WORLD READ ALOUD DAY: HELP 1 MILLION CHILDREN BENEFIT FROM THE JOY OF STORY

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February 01, 2019
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Nal’ibali’s World Read Aloud Day is becoming one of the biggest literacy drives in South Africa, reaching thousands of children and adults every year in its bid to raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud for children’s literacy development and school success. Taking place on Thursday 1 February, the campaign is calling on the nation’s support as it aims to break its read-aloud...
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