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New Nal’ibali Radio Programming Increases Access To Children's Stories

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In All 11 Official Languages
In partnership with SABC Education, Nal’ibali, the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, has recently launched a children’s radio programme on 11 SABC public radio stations. Airing children’s stories in all official languages three times a week, the partners are working together to create the conditions that inspire and sustain reading-for-enjoyment practices using oral storytelling – a vital tool in literacy development.

“Oral storytelling, apart from being entertaining, provides children with the richness of language and concepts they need for successful learning. The regular radio story slots create a fantastic counterpart to our bilingual weekly term time reading-for-enjoyment newspaper supplements that appear in select Times Media newspapers or are delivered direct to reading clubs, libraries and NGOs,” comments Dr Carole Bloch, director of PRAESA (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) – a founding partner in the Nal’ibali campaign.

But learning to read and write is about more than just literacy, it is about sparking children's potential from birth.
“By the age of three, most of the brain’s core structure is already formed and poor early childhood development has lasting impacts that are difficult to reverse. It’s important that we reach as many South Africans  as possible in order to encourage reading and storytelling with children from even before birth,” comments David Harrison, CEO of the DG Murray Trust, the primary funder of the Nal’ibali campaign. 
“And radio, reaching beyond the limitations of physical services and centre-based education,
offers the perfect platform to interact, engage, inform and effectively educate listeners in their first languages. It is still the most accessible medium for both urban and rural citizens, and with more than 28 million adults listening to these stations weekly, it can therefore assist in making change happen more quickly,” adds Tshilidzi Davhana, Commissioning Editor of SABC Education.
Given the importance of early childhood development in ensuring growth and opportunity for children and the national development of South Africa, the partnership combines Nal’ibali’s early literacy expertise and multilingual resources with SABC’s broadcasting and commitment to the deveopment of quality educational content.
Nal’ibali Programming Schedule:
Munghana Lonene FM: (Tsonga) Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 09.50 – 10.00
Phalaphala FM: (Venda) Monday,Tuesday and Wednesday: 14.35 – 14.45
Ligwalagwala FM: (Swati) Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 09.10 – 09.20
Ikwekwezi FM: (Ndebele) Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 09.45 – 09.55
Umhlobo Wenene FM:(Xhosa)Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 09.30 – 09.40
Ukhozi FM: (Zulu) Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.20 –  9.30
X-K FM:(Afrikaans) Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9.00 –  9.15
SA fm: (English) Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1.50 –  2.00
Motsweding FM:(Tswana): Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 09.22  –  09.33
Lesedi FM: (Sotho)Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9.45  –  10.00
Thobela FM: (Pedi)Thursday and Friday: 14.50 – 15.00
For more information visit the Nal’ibali website: www.nalibali.org; the Nal’ibali mobi site: www.nalibali.mobi; the Nal’ibali Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/nalibaliSA; and the Nal’ibali Twitter feed: @nalibaliSA.
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