Nal’ibali, will attempt to break the world read aloud record by reaching 1.5 million children on World Read Aloud Day (WRAD) today.
WRAD on 01 February, is one of the biggest annual literacy drives organised in partnership with the Department of Basic Education (DBE), in reaching out to thousands of children and adults in its bid to raise awareness of the importance of reading aloud. This will assist children to read in their mother-tongue, and with meaning, to develop their literacy proficiency.
The exciting event will be taking place at the Sandton Library, Nelson Mandela Square with 200 children from Soweto and Alexandra attending. The reading will be done by this year’s campaign ambassador, children’s author and social activist, Ms Lebohang Masango in support of the DBE’s Read to Lead Campaign.
Nal’ibali celebrates WRAD annually by commissioning a brand-new story and translating it into all 11 official languages, before asking South Africans to join them in reading it aloud to their children. Nal’ibali has also partnered with Blind SA and Sign Language and Education Development (SLED) to ensure that children in the deaf and blind communities are able to enjoy the story through the production of a braille story card, and a digital video in South African Sign Language.
During 2018, the read aloud story was written by acclaimed South African author, Ms Zukiswa Wanner, and was read to 1, 000 school children at the Mofolo Cultural Bowl in Mofolo Park, Soweto, Gauteng Province.