Nal’ibali revives the era of story-telling

2015-09-24 06:00

From left: Kamohelo Ramaipato of Nalíbali with Gcotyewlwa Mwahleni foundation phase teacher at Chumisa with the story reading participants and judges.

From left: Kamohelo Ramaipato of Nalíbali with Gcotyewlwa Mwahleni foundation phase teacher at Chumisa with the story reading participants and judges.

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A nation-wide story telling competition has began in earnest if the flurry of activity at Chumisa Primary School in Khayelitsha last week was anything to go by.

Launched by Nal’ibali, the competition is dubbed ‘Story Bosso’ and is aimed at reawakening the love of story telling and reading amongst South Africans.

Carole Bloch, the Director of Praesasaid: “Story-telling is one of the greatest tools we have to develop not just our children’s curiosity and imaginations, but also their sense of empathy and belonging.

Storytelling and reading aloud, allow us to build connections with each other by passing on knowledge and providing a shared experience, while at the same time being important building blocks of literacy learning,”.

Praesa stands for the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), and is behind the Nal’ibali campaign.

Khayelitsha cluster’s Kamohelo Ramaipato was a busy man as he organised sponsorships from the Harare Spar to make sure the day was a great success.

“We thank Harare Spar management because their contribution made the day a great success. Learners walked away with prizes,” he said. Chumisa PS head of department Gcotyelwa Mwahleni was excited to see learners from her school “fighting it out through reading”.

“This will help nourish the culture of reading. When we grew up our grandparents told us iintsomis and we are trying to revive that,” she said.

She hoped that other schools will follow in Chumisa PS’ footsteps and adopt reading clubs as one of their extra mural activities.

“The results of their reading club were outstanding,” she enthused.

Grade 1 learner Athandiwe Sikade mesmesmerised the judges with her reading acumen, beating 25 other contestants.

Sikade will now go to the national finals

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