All ACFS centres now have something wonderful: a registered Nal’ibali reading club.
Nal’ibali is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark learning through storytelling and reading.
We kicked off the programme in May by holding workshops to train reading club facilitators. These adults are passionate about reading. They will create opportunities for children to handle books, listen to stories, play games and discuss stories.
Research shows that South African Grade 4 children cannot read for meaning. We are also aware that children in our poor communities are even more at risk on falling behind from basic literacy skills. We urgently need to change that – because literacy skills are a strong predictor of academic success.