In a tree or upside-down, alone or with a friend, this year, Nal’ibali’s community of readers got caught doing what they enjoy best- reading. Nal’ibali, the nationwide reading-for-enjoyment campaign recently dared their Literacy Mentors to send through photos of the children from their reading clubs reading in the most unusual way for the Get Caught Reading challenge. Nal’ibali FUNda Sonke members also joined in and sent their Get Caught Reading photos This challenge was also extended to include Story Powered Schools in the Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal.
There were 100’s of photos that were sent through but some that stood out. Each winner and a few special entrants will each receive a mini-library bag with 10 children’s books.
Here is what some of Nal’ibali community had to say;
“To me reading for enjoyment creates a curiosity for reading, when you see a piece of paper laying on the ground, you just want to pick it up and read because you enjoy reading. It’s not like you are forced, but reading is a fun thing to do and gaining knowledge in a fun way. Reading for enjoyment can take place anywhere where it’s safe and conducive for children,” said Anele Ramabele, a literacy mentor from Motherwell in the Eastern Cape.
Madoda Ndlakuse, a literacy mentor from Uitenhage, says the love of reading has changed his life. “Reading is one of the coolest lifestyles ever. It is an exciting opportunity to motivate oneself generally and academically. Get a safe space, gather children in your community and start your own reading club. Become a literacy activist and take your reading promotion game step further and you will never regret that giant step in making sure that we are a reading nation”.
Elisa Moreki, another literacy mentor from Thabong in the Free State Province, shared her advice for anyone who want to know more about becoming a literacy activist. “It can only begin with the first step. Take at least 15 minutes and dedicate it to reading any book of your choice for enjoyment. Remember knowledge can take you anywhere and everywhere with confidence; and that can only be acquired from reading.