Nal’ibali, a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading celebrated World Read Aloud Day with children at Phologo Drop-In Centre in Hospital view area outside Seshego last Thursday.
As part of the celebrations children at the Centre with the assistance of Thabitha Kgopa, Nalibali Literacy Mentor read them award-winning children’s author, Niki Daly’s story ‘The Best in the World’.
“It was a nice story and the children loved reading it loud and reading to each other. With this initiative we wanted to motivate the children to learn to read for themselves and also root a culture of literacy in the lives of children,” Kgopa said.
Nal’ibali was initiated by the DG Murray Trust and Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa and works with other partners to grow a love of stories in all South African languages.
Nare Mahwibila, a caregiver at the centre thanked Nal’ibali for choosing their centre and for empowering their children with reading skills. “We are grateful. It was an opportunity for the children to learn reading they made good use of the opportunity. It was also good to see them reading aloud which something they hardly do,” Mahwibila said.
Phologo Drop-In Centre was established in 2009 and caters for 160 orphans from Seshego and surrounds.
Story, photo & video: Herbert Rachuene