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Discover Your Inner Storyteller this Heritage Day with Nal’ibali’s Story Bosso Talent Search

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Read-for-enjoyment campaign Nal’ibali is using storytelling to help promote literacy this Heritage and Literacy Month through its multilingual storytelling competition, Story Bosso.

Story Bosso aims to identify undiscovered storytellers in communities across the country. Celebrity judges who have signed up include Sindiwe Magona, Lebogang Mashile, Tebogo Ditshego, Shaka Sisulu, Nik Rabinowitz, Bonnie Henna, Alan Glass, Busiswa Gqulu and Elana Afrika.

From Nal’ibali:

The competition runs throughout September, and people of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, and librarians – are invited to enter by submitting a video or audio clip of themselves reading or telling a story.

Entries can be submitted in any South African language, and can be original stories made up by the participants, retellings of stories heard before or simply an extract from their favourite book or sample stories provided by Nal’ibali, which is distributing over 30 000 story cards and books as part of the competition.

The winner will be visited by a participating celebrity judge and awarded R5 000 cash, a R 1 000 Ackermans voucher and home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. Two runners-up will each receive R2 500, as well as a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.

“Storytelling is one of the greatest tools we have to develop not just our children’s curiosity and imaginations, but also their sense of empathy and belonging,” PRAESA director Carole Bloch says. “Storytelling and reading aloud allow us to build connections with each other by passing on knowledge and providing a shared experience while at the same time being important building blocks of literacy learning.”

Smangele Mathebula of Nal’ibali says storytelling is vital for childhood development, and part of South Africa’s heritage.

“As South Africans, we have a deep and respected history of storytelling,” she says. “Those most fortunate among us will remember being enchanted as young children by the stories told to us by our gogos, parents and other family members. Stories were told to teach us lessons, instill morals and values and often, simply to entertain us. These storytelling moments stay with us throughout our lives and become some of our most cherished memories.”

Nal’ibali is driven by PRAESA, 2015 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s literature and reading promotion.

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Press release:

USING STORYTELLING TO DRIVE LITERACY CHANGE THIS HERITAGE & LITERACY MONTH

Language isn’t just the way we communicate with each other; it’s an expression of our heritage and cultural identity. And, as South Africans, we have a long tradition of storytelling. That is why this Heritage and Literacy Month, the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is using storytelling to help drive literacy change through its multilingual storytelling competition, Story Bosso.

Designed as a nationwide talent search, Story Bosso is seeking to identify undiscovered storytellers in communities across the country. The competition is also about connecting the general public to ideas and inspiration on how to tell good stories and read aloud to others, encouraging young and old alike to tap into their storytelling roots on a regular and ongoing basis to help nurture a culture of reading and storytelling in classrooms, homes and communities.

“Storytelling is one of the greatest tools we have to develop not just our children’s curiosity and imaginations, but also their sense of empathy and belonging. Storytelling and reading aloud allow us to build connections with each other by passing on knowledge and providing a shared experience while at the same time being important building blocks of literacy learning,” comments Carole Bloch, Director of PRAESA (the Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), which is driving the Nal’ibali campaign.

Research shows that stories spark those parts of the brain concerned with imagination, emotion, sensation and movement; they create the neural circuits that ultimately enable sophisticated thinking and reasoning in young children. We also know that children who read for pleasure perform better in the classroom, not just in vocabulary and spelling, but in maths and science too. And stories are a great way to get children interested in books and reading – right from birth.

“As South Africans, we have a deep and respected history of storytelling. Those most fortunate among us will remember being enchanted as young children by the stories told to us by our gogos, parents and other family members. Stories were told to teach us lessons, instill morals and values and often, simply to entertain us. These storytelling moments stay with us throughout our lives and become some of our most cherished memories,” comments Smangele Mathebula, Nal’ibali Campaign Driver.

Running throughout September, people of all ages – children, parents, caregivers, teachers, and librarians – are invited to enter the competition. To do this, they must send in a video or audio clip of themselves reading or telling a story. Entries can be submitted in any South African language, and can be original stories made up by the participants, retellings of stories heard before or simply an extract from their favourite book or sample stories provided by Nal’ibali, which is distributing over 30 000 story cards and books as part of the competition.

A host of South African celebrity judges have also signed up to share stories of their own and/or help select the shortlisted clips. These include actress and writer, Lebogang Mashile; founder of the South African Reading Foundation and its division ReadabookSA, Tebogo Ditshego; author and retired teacher, Sindiwe Magona; social activist and writer, Shaka Sisulu; comedian and author, Nik Rabinowitz; actress and author Bonnie Henna; children’s author, Alan Glass; new-age performance poet and singer, Busiswa and TV presenter and radio personality, Elana Afrika.

The winner will not only receive the title of SA’s first ‘Story Bosso’ and a visit from a participating celebrity judge, they will also get a R5 000 cash prize, a R 1 000 Ackermans voucher and home library courtesy of Bargain Books, Exclusive Books and local publishers. Two runners-up will each receive R2 500 in cash, a R500 Ackermans voucher and a home library.

For more information about the Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign and the ‘Story Bosso’ competition, go to www.nalibali.org, www.nalibali.mobi or find them on Facebook and Twitter: nalibaliSA. Nal’ibali is driven by PRAESA, 2015 laureate of the Astrid Lindgren Memorial award for children’s literature and reading promotion.

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