LITERACY CAMPAIGN | EASTERN CAPE | 2019
Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”)https://nalibali.org/ is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading. Nal’ibali is built on the simple logic that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa. Literacy skills are a strong predictor of future academic success in all subjects – and children who regularly read and hear engaging stories, in languages they understand, are well equipped and motivated to learn to read and write. A significant body of research reinforces the link between reading for pleasure and improved outcomes for children.
Port Elizabeth schools and libraries were involved – Vuha, Mngcunube,Fountain of Life, Solid Foundation, Uitenhage, Khulile,Imbasa,Charles Suna and Stephan Mazungula schools, as well as Kwanobuhle, Motherwell, New Brighton. Moses Madhiba and Gqebeiha libraries.
Clowns Without Borders South Africa and Nal’ibali launched a year long social mobilisation campaign in March 2019 to encourage children, youth and families to access libraries in order to enjoy reading, as well as seeing it as a safe space, where they can read, hear stories, be with friends or have a quiet time. Many children and families may feel libraries are not accessible to them, but this campaign proves them wrong!! It is to support the overall campaign in South Africa to improve literacy levels of all children, as well as to show them how reading can help you dream and create the life you would like!. CWBSA has created a new performance about reading to show children, teachers and parents how it can open up new worlds – working with storytelling, physical theatre, games and laughter, the show brings books alive, also breaking down typical stereotypes that exist in our society.
FEEDBACK FROM BENEFICIARIES
“Learners enjoyed stories told by Clowns Without Borders, juggling, as well as some magic. They have learned to cooperate during play.” – SM Sibhozo, Teacher at Vuba PS
“I liked the show very much especially the parts with books. I also liked the lady trying to get the clubs. And the hats.” – Ahlumile, Vuba PS
“This was very motivating and hilarious. The students enjoyed the presentation every minute of the way. This is great awareness to use of the library and reading books. I was very encouraged and motivated to go back to reading. Very good awareness indeed.” – Christine Nyoka, Teacher at Fountain of Life