The Nal’ibali reading-for-enjoyment campaign is calling aspiring and seasoned writers to donate their original African-language children’s stories. South Africa faces a critical shortage of children’s literature in indigenous languages, and Nal’ibali believes it is these stories that motivate and inspire children to learn to read and which help them sustain this essential habit.
Authors of selected stories will receive guidance from Nal’ibali’s publishing team. Their stories will be edited, translated, and potentially illustrated by the campaign before being shared on its official on-air, print or online platforms. To support these authors, Nal’ibali will be holding a free virtual workshop on how to write children’s stories on Wednesday, 23 June
Hosted by professional storyteller, children’s author and Nal’ibali Literacy Mentor, Madoda Ndlakuse, the workshop will take participants through the crucial considerations for writing for children. The webinar will also include a keynote address by Africa’s youngest award-winning author, 14-year-old Stacey Fru. Fru will be encouraging participants to get involved, no matter their age or experience, highlighting creativity and passion as essential drivers of success.