Nal’ibali shares Madiba Magic

2018-07-19 06:02
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To commemorate the centenary celebration of Nelson Mandela’s birthday, Nal’ibali – 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 to help pass these values to their children.

Available from Nal’ibali’s website in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans for the week of Mandela’s birthday, the stories, Topo’s Tree House, Bear’s Haircut and The Small Seed, will also be shared among children in Nal’ibali’s national network of over 1 000 reading clubs. Each of the three stories comes with activities and talking points about the values they focus on to help parents and caregivers engage their children around these important principles.

“Through discussing the pictures, characters and what is happening in a story, children learn about how stories work and how to explore them. By letting the conversation flow naturally as we enjoy a story together we are extending children’s literacy learning,” says Arabella Koopman, content development specialist for Nal’ibali.

“Many stories focus on how characters deal with challenges that life sends their way. Story conversations help children to relate what they read about in stories to their own lives. Children are able to practise expressing their feelings and opinions as they learn about themselves and explore the complex world we live in.”

Not only does Nal’ibali value the power of reading for enjoyment, it understands the role of language and cultural relevance in children’s literacy development. Language is intrinsically linked to belonging and when children see themselves in stories, this too contributes to positive self-development.

To share these three stories with even larger audiences, community radio stations in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Eastern Cape and Gauteng will be reading them live on air as part of their 67 minutes of community service.

As uTata Madiba once said: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” To this end, Nal’ibali is inviting all caregivers, older readers and active citizens to share one, two, or all three of these stories with the children in their lives this July.

Members of the public are encouraged to share photographs and tag Nal’ibali on Facebook and Twitter: @NalibaliSA.

“To celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, we at Nal’ibali would like to remember the values uTata Madiba stood for and help ensure these values are passed on to our children. Children are the future.

“Let’s continue to spark their potential through the power of storytelling and reading,” concludes Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali managing director.

Read more on Nal’ibali on page 8.

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