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The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign has teamed up with author Niki Daly to bring a children’s story in the 11 official languages of South Africa for World Read Aloud Day.


World Read Aloud Day is on the 16th of February. It was created to make parents and teachers aware of the importance of children reading out loud.

“Reading aloud is an important building block in children’s literacy development: it shows them how stories work; it teaches that reading and stories can be meaningful and satisfying”

Nal’ibali and other organisations such as Department of Basic Education (DBE); the Department of Social Development; LIMA; LIASA; Rotary; Volkswagen South Africa; The Bookery; and Zisize Ingwavuma Educational Trust have pledged to raise awareness among adults about how important the role of reading aloud in children’s literacy development is.

“Nal’ibali sees World Read Aloud Day as one of the most important events on our calendar,” says Jade Jacobsohn, Nal’ibali Managing Director. “Children who are immersed in great and well-told stories – in languages they understand – become inspired and are motivated to learn to read for themselves.”

Nal’ibali has commissioned award-winning children’s author, Niki Daly, to write its special World Read Aloud Day story.  Titled, ‘The Best Sound in the World’, the story has been translated into South Africa’s 11 official languages and illustrated by Rico.

The book will be available for free on Nal’ibali’s website from the 1st of February 2017. The website will also provide supporting material.

“The Best Sound in the World is perfect for reading aloud as it incorporates onomatopoeic words which are sure to inspire the readers and make their listeners smile”

There will be multiple reading-sessions at schools, community events will take place or reading can be done at home. Nal’ibali will be launching the day with an event at uShaka Marine World in Durban to unveil their new campaign “The Story Powered Schools project” which will see them working with schools in the rural area’s of KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape to unlock learner’s potential through storytelling and reading.

“This is just the beginning. We are confident that people will realise that reading aloud is fun as well as meaningful, and will continue throughout the year.”

“Being able to enjoy a story in your own language is really special. We hope to hear echoes of the story in different languages and in different voices as the adults and caregivers around us take up the call to read aloud. ”

To join in on the day and to get a copy of “The Best Sound in the World” or to find out more about reading programs in South Africa visit Nal’ibali’s website here.

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Sources: Nal’ibali

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