Enter, win – and be a story hero
Nal’ibali competition hopes to ‘inspire greatness in children’
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
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.