En­ter, win – and be a story hero

Nal’ibali com­pe­ti­tion hopes to ‘in­spire great­ness in chil­dren’

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SEPTEM­BER is lit­er­acy month and na­tional read­ing­for-en­joy­ment cam­paign, Nal’ibali, in part­ner­ship with the South African of­fice of the UN have launched their an­nual sto­ry­telling con­test, Story Bosso.

The cam­paign’s pur­pose is to help com­bat il­lit­er­acy and en­cour­age kids to be more imag­i­na­tive. This year’s theme is “South African

He­roes”.

Man­ag­ing direc­tor at Nal’ibali, Jade Ja­cob­sohn, said: “By re­mem­ber­ing and telling the stories of our he­roes, we hope to in­spire great­ness in our chil­dren. He­roes ed­u­cate us about what is right and wrong; they give us hope and mo­ti­vate us to over­come life’s chal­lenges.”

In keep­ing with the theme, the cam­paign has cre­ated a hero-themed sto­ry­telling board game, which will be free to down­load on Nal’ibali’s web­site.

The cam­paign will take place na­tion­wide and aims to reach more than 10 000 chil­dren and adults through events or­gan­ised by the Nal’ibali school net­work, Story Pow­ered Schools, along with cam­paign vol­un­teers over the course of this month.

These events will also help spread aware­ness of the UN’s sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment goals (SDGs), such as fight­ing poverty, pre­serv­ing the nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment and en­sur­ing pros­per­ity for ev­ery­one.

Masimba Tafirenyika, direc­tor of the UN In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre in Pretoria, said: “We hope that all who par­tic­i­pate in this year’s con­test will see that the SDGs are re­ally hu­man rights.”

If you want to take part in this year’s Story Bosso com­pe­ti­tion, you can sub­mit your hero story on www. nal­ibali.org or email to info@ nal­ibali.org and stand a chance of win­ning a grand prize of R5 000 and a book ham­per. The four cat­e­gories for story sub­mis­sions are: Hero of the Past, Liv­ing Leg­end, Per­sonal Hero, and Fic­tional Hero.

“When chil­dren hear stories about he­roes they can iden­tify with, they can in­ter­nalise these val­ues and are more likely to act on them, mak­ing heroic and moral be­hav­iour part of their ev­ery­day lives,” said Ja­cob­sohn.

Nal’ibali Build Your Story theme this year is

Launch of Nal’ibali Build Your Story in Soweto. The win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion stands to win a grand prize of R5 000.

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