LITERACY CAMPAIGN | GAUTENG | 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.
Johannesburg schools and libraries were involved – Jabavu, Diepkloof Zone 1, Bophelong libraries, as well as Magasela, Seeiso, Chief Bambata, Tshebedisanang, Mohloding, Mbuyisa Makhubu, Empumalanga,Vukani, St Georges and Lefika schools.
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
On behalf of the school we appreciate what the organisation is doing – making children aware of the importance of reading. The show was very interesting and interactive and we would not mind having it again. – J. More, Principal, Tshebidisanong PS
I liked the show so much because there were magical things and I was very excited. – Thabo, Mohloding PS
The show was very exciting for the kids. It has stimulated their imaginations and highlighted to them the value of reading. The storytelling has indeed stimulated them to be readers. – Gabriel Mashabela, Librarian, Jabavu Library