Nal’ibali – here’s the story


(isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign in South Africa. It aims to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.

Children who are immersed in great and well-told stories – and in languages they understand – become inspired and motivated to learn to read for themselves. Such personally rewarding learning is a recipe for successful literacy development.

By inspiring, training and helping people across South Africa to share the power of stories, Nal’ibali is helping to make a culture of reading and writing in everyday life.

Nal’ibali’s Vision:

A society that uses writing and reading in meaningful ways and where children and adults enjoy stories and books together as part of everyday life.

Nal’ibali’s Mission:

To create the conditions across South Africa that inspire and sustain reading-for-enjoyment practices in a variety of settings.

Nal’ibali’s Goals:

  • To create awareness of the link between reading for enjoyment and educational achievement through the mass media and face-to-face engagement.
  • To help individuals and organisations in using reading for enjoyment to develop children.
  • To initiate, support and help sustain reading clubs.
  • To supply and connect people in South Africa with a range of appropriate books for children in all South African languages.

Click here to see Nal’ibali’s Facebook page