Beginning in 2012, the Nal’ibali Campaign – of which PRAESA is an initiating partner together with Times Media – contributing towards addressing the challenge of literacy development in South Africa by driving what needs to become a long-term national reading for enjoyment movement. Called Nal’ibali, which means ‘here is the story’ in isiXhosa, we will help create and begin to sustain conditions that get passionate readers sharing stories and reading with children. We regard this kind of intervention as crucial for tackling the literacy crisis in South Africa.
Viv Edwards, Professor of Language in Education at the University of Reading and member of the ReN on Social and Affective Factors in Home Language Maintenance and Development, evaluates the bilingual reading-for-enjoyment newspaper supplements that form one aspect of PRAESA’s Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign. Her evaluation can be found here.