18 Dec

Storybook sparks love of reading

first_imgDalubuhle Primary School has a commanding, aspirational presence at the top of the mountain, above the town.(Image: Lorraine Kearney) Nal’ibali supports bilingual literacy development and encourages parents and children to engage with each other through reading and storytelling. Author Chris van Wyk held his young audience in the palm of his hand.(Images: Ogilvy PR)MEDIA CONTACTS • Patti McDonaldTimes Media Education+27 11 280 3000• Sally MillsOgilvy PR+27 21 467 1376RELATED ARTICLES• Gift that keeps on giving• Why we need a literate nation• Getting needy kids hooked on books• Reading to boost our self-esteem• Instilling a love of readingLorraine KearneyIn a bowl of mountains in Western Cape, about an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is a small corner that remains determinedly French.In Franschhoek, Bastille Day is celebrated each year with all the pomp and circumstance you’d expect of Paris. It is also the wine capital of the country, and its estates carry names such as La Motte and Grande Provence. The posh little town is a favourite of well-heeled tourists, and Franschhoek’s restaurants and guest houses consistently score among the best.But for all its French conceit, Franschhoek has some very South African challenges, not least of which is the gaping chasm between the haves and the have-nots. Its socio-economic problems carry deep scars from yesteryear – the legacy of the dop system, whereby grape pickers and farm workers were paid a portion of their wages in alcohol; the vagaries of apartheid spatial planning; and, of course, the poor quality of public education.Driving from the Paarl road into what is, despite these issues, a slice of heaven, on the left, going up the mountain, are the townships, the poor homes of the coloured and black citizens of the town. Turn left on Le Roux, and climb ever upwards past increasingly dilapidated houses, rutted roads, stray dogs and dirty children. Right at the top, with a spectacular view over the town, is a beacon of hope.Dalubuhle Primary School is a smart new building, with clean lines and a palpable sense of possibility. Its geographic position is symbolic – it is a place to strive for; it is a place where achievement is possible; education, it says, can take you higher. And it is here that Sunday Times and Praesa (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa) chose to launch their new Nal’ibali Storytime collection on May 16, as a precursor to the Franschhoek Literary Festival, an annual gathering of authors, readers, publishers, literary agents, and book lovers.The three-day festival, which ran this year from 17 to 19 May, is a popular event, and tickets and accommodation sell out well in advance. The highlight is the announcement of the short lists for the Sunday Times Literary Awards, the Alan Paton Award and the Fiction Prize. But the programme is diverse: local and international authors do readings from their own works and from the works of others; writers give talks; authors hold talks with each other, or with various erudite personalities and celebrities.Here’s the storyNal’ibali, which means “here’s the story” in Xhosa, is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading.“Children who are immersed in great and well-told stories – and in languages they understand – become inspired and are motivated to learn to read for themselves. Such personally rewarding learning is a recipe for successful literacy development,” the project explains on its website.It supports bilingual literacy development and encourages parents and children to engage with each other through reading and storytelling. It works through various platforms, such as newspaper supplements, book clubs and networks, social media and a mobi site. Book packs are distributed to the Nal’ibali demonstration reading club sites, and the partners work with publishers to create and translate reading materials for children in African languages as well as English to help ensure that sufficient, stimulating books are available.Nal’ibali is driven by Praesa, Times Media, publishers of the Sunday Times, and other partners. “Through sustained mentoring and collaboration with communities, reading clubs, literacy organisations and volunteers of all ages, as well as a vibrant media campaign, Nal’ibali is helping to root a culture of literacy into the fabric of everyday life in South Africa.”StorytellingThe third Sunday Times Nal’ibali Storytime was launched at a simple ceremony at Dalubuhle Primary School, where the power of storytelling was brought home to the children and to the audience. Author Chris van Wyk, who contributed the short story Mr Hare Meets Mr Mandela, was an inspired choice to spark their interest. This is a man who gets children, and who understands the power of stories. Using English and Afrikaans and the language of the taxi ranks and streets, he gripped his listeners’ attention. And then left them hanging, the rest of the story tantalisingly out of reach: if you want to know more, seemed to be the message, read the book.But Siphokazi Mangwane, a young volunteer librarian at the school, took up the challenge, and gave a master class in storytelling. She read Van Wyk’s story in Xhosa and had the audience in the palm of her hand – even those who could not understand the words were bewitched by the lyrical sounds and beautiful clicks of the language.Donald Grant, the Western Cape minister of education, attended the launch, and spoke of the school’s excellent achievements. He said the Grade threes of 2012 had shown “an outstanding improvement of almost 25%” in the annual systemic tests. The Grade sixes had improved 3.9% in literacy, language, and reading.“Reading and language is the key to everything,” Grant stressed, urging the children to work hard and involve their parents in their school work. “The only time you find success before work,” he said in closing, “is in the dictionary.”Collection of storiesCarole Bloch, the director of Praesa and the head of Nal’ibali, explained that the book contained 10 stories that could be read to and by children of all ages in primary school. The stories would also appeal to the child in each adult.“Why do we read?” she asked. “We read to feel good, to become literate. We read to share knowledge, to go on an adventure, to build our imaginations. Nal’ibali sparks a love of stories and reading.”Funds that made the third Nal’ibali Storytime possible came from Coralie Rutherford, businesswoman and philanthropist. In her message to the children, she said: “Because I can read, I was able to go to school, get a degree, work … and give money to Nal’ibali. My message to you is to work hard and you can also be successful.”She urged the girls to “do something that will allow you to look after yourself”, and finally to “do something that will make you happy”.The stories are beautifully illustrated, and there are plans to print the books in all 11 official languages, starting with English. This will be followed by Zulu and Xhosa later this year. The first 200 000 copies will be donated to schools, reading clubs, libraries and other NGO reading initiatives nationwide; two-million copies of the first two collections have been distributed.The stories were commissioned by Times Media. “We have been fortunate to work with a number of talented South African authors and illustrators in putting together this magical collection of stories,” said Patti McDonald, the publisher of Times Media Education’s supplements. “A treasured storybook can be just the thing to spark a love of reading in children and this is precisely our intention – to skill children to become readers for life.”Bloch added: “Books and stories deepen our thinking and understanding by stretching our imagination while encouraging creative problem-solving. To have stories that our children can relate to in their home languages is an invaluable asset that we need to keep growing in our country.”last_img read more

18 Dec

SA struggle veteran to address UN

first_img17 July 2013 Apartheid struggle veteran Andrew Mlangeni, who was sentenced to life imprisonment along with Nelson Mandela and six others on 12 June 1964, will address a special United Nations session to mark Nelson Mandela International Day on Thursday. Mlangeni will speak alongside UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN General Assembly president Vuk Jeremic, former US president Bill Clinton and legendary musician Henry Belafonte at a special UN General Assembly session in New York. “Mandela is the only global citizen that has had the honour of his birthday being marked by the UN General Assembly,” Department of International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela said at the official Mandela Day launch last month. On Tuesday, Monyela noted that this year’s Mandela Day celebration was of particular significance in the context of the count-down to South Africa’s 20th Anniversary of liberation in 2014. He added: “The best way to celebrate Madiba’s life is to observe the ideals his life encapsulates: freedom, democracy and dignity for all. Madiba’s leadership transcended all human boundaries, whether based on race, clan, ethnicity or religion.” Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

16 Dec

An Influencers Guide to SXSW 2011

first_imgThe list of 25 parties shows a full list of “influencers” attending, along with what topics the people attending have influence with. When you click through to the full list, you can access each individual influencer, their contact information and details on what topics they influence. For the full list of 25 parties to attend to meet the folks, visit the SocMetrics site. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts mike melanson Tags:#conferences#SXSW 2011#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… South by Southwest Interactive, that yearly invasion by geeks, dweebs and nerds alike, is coming up next week and there are more parties than you could shake a stick at. That is, unless you were one crazy, stick shaking S.O.B. So how do you decide which one to go to and which one to walk on by? Well, you want to go to the one with the people you want to meet, right? You’re there to have fun and make connections.SocMetrics, a startup that ranks influencers according to topic, has come up with an “Influencers Guide” to the top 25 parties at this year’s SXSW that could help guarantee you run into the folks you’re looking for.Unlike something like Klout, SocMetrics doesn’t see influence as an across the board metric. That is, a tech blogger may have influence in their particular realm of technology, they likely have none whatsoever in the recording industry, for example. So, SocMetrics ranks individuals according to their influence in a particular niche, using three factors – peers, topicality and content. (Read more about SocMetrics particular blend of analytics on its site.)SocMetrics took its methods and applied them to events listed on social calendar Plancast to arrive at a list of 25 parties where you’re almost guaranteed to run into that big name investor, founder, guru or blogger. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

28 Nov

Jamia students participate in Summer School, Italy

first_imgFour young student scientists from the Centre for Theoretical Physics, Jamia Millia Islamia are participating at a Summer School in Italy. It is being held at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics and it focuses on Cosmology. Cosmology is the study of the Universe. International Centre for Theoretical Physics is currently hosting its two-week cosmology summer school, which has drawn 210 participants from around the globe. The biggest single group at the summer school is from Jamia Millia Islamia and they have been financially fully supported by the hosts.The summer school is about understanding the Universe, from dark matter to dark energy to gravity to galaxy clusters. It is also designed to expose new cosmologists from all over the globe to new research in the expansive field of cosmology.Remya Nair, one of the participants from Jamia Millia Islamia, displayed her research during a poster session among others. She said she is looking for violations of assumptions about the relationship between the distances of light and space using existing data on galaxies and supernovae.last_img read more

27 Oct

North Texas Trolls Tennessee On Twitter Regarding Field Conditions

first_imgA North Texas fan paints the ground with green paint.north texas trolls tennessee on twitterNorth Texas is in town to take on Tennessee this Saturday, and it appears that the Mean Green aren’t impressed with what they’re seeing at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee’s field doesn’t appear to be in great condition, and people have noticed. North Texas appears to be annoyed enough to make a joke about it on social media too.Check this out:Pretty sure this is what took place at Neyland Stadium on Friday. #GMG pic.twitter.com/IVtS2o1T4o— MeanGreenFootball (@MeanGreenFB) November 14, 2015Here’s more reaction – even Tennessee fans seem upset.You would think an SEC program could take better care of the grass on the field #Tennessee— John Chelf (@JohnChelf) November 14, 2015You would think there’s enough money at Tennessee to fix the field. This is awful.— Please win out (@Rick__Baird) November 14, 2015Time for the Tennessee donors to put a new field in it seems— Austin Comperry (@AustinComperry) November 14, 2015Tennessee currently leads 17-0 in the second quarter.last_img read more

27 Oct

Video: Georgia Commit Jake Fromm Finds 5-Star WR Jalen Hall For Crazy 1-Handed Catch At The Opening

first_imgTwo Georgia Bulldogs football helmets sitting on a field.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: Two Georgia Bulldogs helmets sit on the field prior to the game against the Clemson Tigers at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)When you get together a giant group of four and five-star recruits, you’re bound to have some crazy plays. The 7-on-7 competitions didn’t disappoint. During a Saturday game, five-star 2018 wide receiver Jalen Hall, the top player at that position in his class, made a phenomenal one-handed touchdown catch on a great throw by Georgia commit Jake Fromm.The only thing that might top the catch is the coordinated double-backflip celebration from Tyjon Lindsey and future Fromm teammate Richard LeCounte III.#AlphaPro acrobatics from @LilEasy_35 & @tyjonlindsey at @TheOpening. pic.twitter.com/3o9TsKDsnO— B/R The Future (@BR_TheFuture) July 10, 2016Pretty much everything that happened in this video was super athletic and impressive.last_img read more

12 Oct

GoAir withdraws boarding passes with photos of PM Gujarat CM

first_imgNew Delhi: GoAir has withdrawn its boarding passes with photographs of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, the airline said on Tuesday, a day after Air India rolled back its passes with images of the two leaders.The airline had taken a “cue from the Election Code of Conduct”, a GoAir spokesperson said, adding that its team in Srinagar inadvertently used unused stock of “Vibrant Gujarat” paper. GoAir’s Srinagar Airport team inadvertently utilized unused stock of Vibrant Gujarat related paper which took place in January 18-20, 2019 for issuing boarding passes at the said airport. It was unintentional. Taking cue from the Election Code of Conduct we have instructed our airport teams to stop utilizing this type of paper with immediate effect, the spokesperson said in a statement. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’On Monday, Air India decided to do the same after the issue ignited controversy on social media. Its boarding passes were also from the Vibrant Gujarat summit with photographs of the two leaders. Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted on Monday evening that he was on a GoAir flight on Sunday and it “also had a similar boarding pass with the PM’s photo on it”. An Air India spokesperson said on Monday that the boarding passes were printed during the Vibrant Gujarat Summit held in January this year and the photographs were part of the advertisement from ‘third parties’. “Air India has decided to roll back the boarding passes of Vibrant Gujarat which had photos of the prime minister and the Gujarat chief minister,” said Dhananjay Kumar.last_img read more

12 Oct

Morocco Condemns Algerias Blatant Contradiction On SelfDetermination

first_imgGeneva –  Morocco denounced on Thursday before the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva, the contradiction of Algeria on self-determination, since it claims to support this principle and at the same time allows its army to kill the people who choose self-determination and decide to leave the Tindouf camps.Reacting to a statement made the previous day before the HRC by Algerian Foreign Minister on the situation of human rights in the Moroccan Sahara, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Morocco to the UN in Geneva, Omar Hilale described the way Algiers addresses the issue of self-determination as “an attempt to mislead the Council of human Rights.”The diplomat who spoke under the right of reply, noted that Morocco’s Sahara autonomy provides for consultation with the people of the Moroccan Sahara.” Hilale recalled that the Algerian army killed on January 5, two Sahrawis and wounded several others as they reached the Mauritanian border, calling on the HRC, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the High Commissioner for Refugees to shed light on this serious incident.last_img read more

29 Sep

Russell Wilson Is Mr Fourth Quarter

Russell Wilson has carried the Seattle Seahawks this year, and his play in the fourth quarter has been particularly brilliant. Watch the video above to find out just how good he’s been — and how crucial the Seahawks’ matchup against the Los Angeles Rams is on Sunday.

28 Sep

Beside The Points For Friday April 13 2018

kyle:and champions leaguesurely counts more than mlsneil:MLS fans get in my inbox every time I’ve written about the Sports Equinoxtony:LA derby > Manchester Derbycwick:El Trafico is such a great name for a derbyPredictions NBA See more NBA predictions Things That Caught My EyePredators are the starless favoritesThe Nashville Predators are the betting favorites to win the Stanley Cup, with the team accumulating the most overall points this past season. What’s remarkable about the Predators is that they don’t have a single offensive star; seven forwards finished with at least 35 points but none of them had more than 64 points. That’s the fewest points for an NHL Presidents’ Cup winner’s top scorer in more than 30 years. [FiveThirtyEight]Ohtani is bona fideAngels phenomenon Shohei Ohtani is the superstar he was touted to be; he got three homers and two wins as a pitcher in his first 10 games, the first time a pitcher has pulled that off since about 1920 and the dead ball era. He’s got the fourth highest strikeout rate and the 17th lowest walk percentage this year. [FiveThirtyEight]LeBron is new StephThrough Monday, LeBron James has made 52.3 percent of his shots from 28 feet or further from the hoop. That is the best deep ball percentage since at least the 2000-01 season, when such play-by-play data is first available. That success is outpacing Steph Curry’s death-from-above three pointer season in 2015-16. [FiveThirtyEight]Try out our interactive, Which World Cup Team Should You Root For?FIFA officials offered money, gosh I wonder if they take it.A consortium of investors is offering FIFA $25 billion for the rights to FIFA’s club competitions and a potential global league for national teams. This eye-popping figure wasn’t enough to overcome a tabling of the matter ahead of additional research — European representatives worry that such a competition would compete with UEFA Champions League. But come on, money is offered to FIFA you think they can push that off forever? [The New York Times]Good luck seeing playoff hockey in CanadaThere are 18,201 total seats in the Toronto Maple Leafs arena. There were 672 of those seats available to an exclusive pre-sale for their first home game. After the pre-sale, there were a mere 96 available seats left to the general public. I’m beginning to get the idea that the biggest city in Canada may like hockey. [CBC]LGMAs of right now, FiveThirtyEight’s model gives the 10-1 New York Mets a 50 percent chance of making the playoffs. Eleven games ago, during the preseason, the odds were half that, with a 24 percent chance of making the playoffs. Heck of a start for the Mets. Meanwhile, a bit uptown, the 6-6 Yankees’ odds of making the postseason have fallen around 10 points in the same period to 65 percent. [FiveThirtyEight]Big Number(s)150/1Those were the Las Vegas preseason odds of the expansion team Vegas Golden Knights winning the Stanley Cup. As of March 18, those long odds had steadily dropped to 6/1, and now the William Hill sportsbook puts them at 13/2. [Darren Rovell]Leaks from Slackneil: Oh, and don’t forgetNew record We’re launching a sports newsletter. 🏆  Join the squad. Subscribe All newsletters read more