From left: Notmizanele Mahobe, Nadeema Jogee, and Malusi Ntoyapi
Yesterday, I attended a presentation by Nal’ibali in Cape Town, an exciting new initiative to encourage young children to read in South Africa. The program promotes the learning of indigenous languages and offers a weekly reading supplement in major newspapers to encourage parents and teachers to read to their children. The idea is to encourage children to become comfortable with stories in their own language in a non-competitive environment, instilling literacy skills and confidence. South African PEN is a partner with the initiative.