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World Read Aloud Day

Nali Bali

World Read Aloud Day is being celebrated on Friday, 1 February 2019. As the biggest literacy drive in the country, World Read Aloud Day seeks to draw attention to the importance of reading aloud to children in their mother tongue. This year Nal’ibali is asking those who are already readers to not only read the story commissioned for WRAD 2019 with their children on the day but to reach out to their networks and encourage others to do the same and be part of South Africa’s literacy solution.

Jade Jacobsohn, Nali’bali’s Managing Director, says, ‘Every year we commission a brand-new story and translate it into all 11 official SA languages. Then we encourage adults and caregivers across the country, to join us in reading it aloud to children on WRAD. This year’s story, ‘Where Are You?’ is written by Ann Walton, a well known South African author and illustrator of children’s books. 

The story Where Are You? can be downloaded from https://nalibali.org/WRAD-2019

If you would like to join the Nal’ibali’s World Read Aloud Day:
1. Visit https://nalibali.org/WRAD-2019 or www.nalibali.mobi to download the official story in any of the languages.
2. Pledge the number of children you will be reading to.
3. Share pictures of read-aloud sessions on the Nal’ibali’s Facebook and Twitter platforms: @NalibaliSA, or use the hashtag #WRADChallenge2019 on the day. 

For more information about the Nal'ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign, free children's stories in a range of SA languages, tips on reading and writing with children, details on how to set up a reading club or to request training, visit www.nalibali.org, www.nalibali.mobi, or find them on Facebook and Twitter: nalibaliSA. 

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