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Biblionef South Africa is a registered NPO that donates new storybooks in all 11 official languages to children across South Africa. 1 MILLION BOOKS CAMPAIGN!
In 2012 we donated our first 1 million books to under resourced children's organisations across South Africa. We have now launched our 1 Million Books Campaign and it is our goal to donate our SECOND MILLION by the end of 2016! It costs R60 to enable us to donate 1 book to 1 child. Join us on this life-changing initiative by donating a R60 and providing a child with the opportunity to experience the world through completely different eyes.
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Happy World Teachers' Day!
We had a great day at The Literacy Association of South Africa (LITASA) conference. It’s taking place until 02 Oct. Come say hi! 👋
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Thank you so much for showcasing our work HCI Foundation! 📚📚
Happy Heritage Day, South Africa! 🇿🇦 ❤️
Here’s to celebrating the rich cultural and traditional diversity that makes up our rainbow nation.
Time flies when you're having fun and we can't believe it is Wednesday again!
This week we’re sharing African Myths and Legends by Magdaleen Du Toit, published by Fantasi.
These ancient African stories, carried over from generation to generation, contain magical, romantic and mysterious qualities equaling the best of European fairy-tales. Enjoy the art of African story-telling!
Find a catalogue of the books we currently have available here http://www.biblionefsa.org.za/view-catalogue/ or for an updated stock list, please send an e-mail to [email protected]. Zapper and Snapscan are available at our office.
It's Wednesday again, which means it's time for What to Read Wednesday!
This week we’re sharing The Herd Boy by Niki Daly, published by Jacana Media and available in 8 languages. (English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa, isZulu, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana, Siswati)
Here at Biblionef, we believe that all children should have access to storybooks that are beautifully illustrated and in a language they understand.
For only R250 (excluding shipping), you can begin creating an at-home library for your child! Find out more here http://www.biblionefsa.org.za/create-your-at-home-library/
: Each year for Mandela Day, Sally Witbooi rallies her friends and family together to raise funding for our book donation programme. This is her ninth year raising funding for our organisation on Mandela Day, and her campaign has subsequently garnered additional support from members of the Belhar Book Club.
This year, Sally and her incredible team raised R 9500 to support our mission! A special thank you to Ronald Arendse and Etienne Abrahams for their help in making this possible.
Sally and members from the Belhar Book Club spent the afternoon with us on Mandela Day. We had the opportunity to show them what we do and explain how the money raised will be used. We cannot wait to support more schools with a donation of quality home language books!
On behalf of the Biblionef Team, we want to express our gratitude to each person who donated. Thank you so much for your support and constant belief in our work!
Happy Mandela Day!
If you're still unsure about what to do for Mandela Day this year, look no further!
We are looking to get 67 new MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet supporters in July. If you already have a MySchool card, simply follow the link and add us as one of your causes: https://www.myschool.co.za/supporter/update/.
If you're not already signed up with MySchool, you can sign up at your nearest Woolworths. Every time you swipe, a percentage will be donated to our cause. It's as simple as that!
Be sure to share this challenge with your friends, every swipe counts!
Thank you so much to Biblionef South Africa for the generous donation of awesome children's storybooks for our reading program. They will be so appreciated & make a big difference!
Happy Youth Day!
We've partnered with Nal'ibali to reach even more schools and organisations throughout South Africa! If you need books in isiNdebele, Sepedi, Sesotho, Setswana, Siswati, Tshivenda or Xitsonga, click on the link below to apply: http://www.biblionefsa.org.za/apply-for-books/.
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If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll know that we’re all about books! Getting children excited about reading, especially in their mother tongue, is important to us.
Since January 2022, we’ve already donated 14 128 books! 🎉 In celebration of World Book Day, we are supporting three special projects in three provinces of South Africa. Swipe through the photos below to read about these projects 📚
Book Launch - Imbokodo: Women who shape us - Biblionef South Africa
We are still on a high from the launch of ‘Imbokodo: Women who shape us’ ✨ Thank you to everyone who made this event possible, and also a huge thank you to the National Arts Council for making our role in this project possible.
Read the full blog post about the event below, and if you haven’t yet seen the launch - it is included in the post 🙂
National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) Xolisa Guzula Athambile Masola Jacana Media
Book Launch - Imbokodo: Women who shape us - Biblionef South Africa “While we have managed post-Apartheid to give access to schooling to many children, we have not changed much of the content of what children read. We have not enriched African languages with the necessary content for the African language readers. Read More ...
Book Launch: Imbokodo: Women who Shape us
Be sure not to miss the live screening of the launch of Imbokodo: Women who shape us. Tune in now! :) Jacana Media Xolisa Guzula Athambile Masola National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC)
Book Launch: Imbokodo: Women who Shape us Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us is a groundbreaking series of 3 books that introduces you to the powerful stories of South African women who have all made their...
Happy - We salute you! Stay tuned for Biblionef's activities in celebration of women 👩👑
Imbokodo: Women Who Shape us is a groundbreaking series of 3 books that introduces you to the powerful stories of South African women who have all made their mark and cleared a path for women and girls.
Because of limited seating, we have arranged a virtual screening of this launch and would love for you to join us in celebrating these excellent new books. Authors Athambile Masola and Xolisa Guzula, and the Publisher Jacana Media will share their experiences about creating the books. We will also host a demonstration on how teachers can incorporate these books into their lesson plans.
To register for this event, click here: https://bit.ly/3CsyjYE
We are incredibly proud to be part of a fantastic group of organisations that made this project possible. Be sure to register and attend the launch of Ikhathalogu Yethu – 100 Recommended Books in isiXhosa for Early Childhood and Foundation Phase.
To register, click here: http://www.nlsa.ac.za/forms/ikhathalogu/
Dr GJ Joubert Library Opening - Biblionef South Africa
: Almost a year in the making, and yesterday, Dr. GJ. Joubert Primary School officially opened their new school library! We donated 850 new Afrikaans and English books to the school, including fiction, non-fiction and reference materials.
This was a collaborative effort between us, Dr G.J. Joubert and our respective donors. We are so happy to have been part of this project and would like to thank our donor, Allport Cargo Services, for making our role in this project possible. Be sure to read the full story in the link below! 📚📚
Dr GJ Joubert Library Opening - Biblionef South Africa Thanks to our donor, Allport Cargo Services, we donated a substantial number of books to Dr G.J. Joubert Primary School for their new school library. We are excited to share this project with you! Situated in Strand, Cape Town, the Read More ...
Happy International Mother Language Day, everyone!
This special day has the distinct purpose of conserving, protecting and encouraging the incredible linguistic diversity that we humans have.
Language plays such a crucial role in one's culture and education. Since our inception in 1998, we have donated over 1.8 million mother tongue books to schools and children’s organisations throughout South Africa. It is our hope that through our book donations programme, we will be able to spark young children's pride in their home language!
Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us - Biblionef South Africa
We are thrilled to have commissioned the publication of a groundbreaking series of books with Jacana Media with funding from the National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) 📚📚
Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us is a groundbreaking series of books that introduce you to the powerful stories of South African women who have all made their mark and cleared a path for women and girls. We are incredibly proud to be part of this project and applaud the Authors, Athambile Masola and Xolisa Guzula, and Jacana Media for bringing these women’s stories to the forefront.
We just received 6 000 copies of the books in isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English and are excited to begin distributing them to schools and children’s organisations across South Africa!
Imbokodo: Women Who Shape Us - Biblionef South Africa South African women are silent no more on our roles in advancing our lives as artists, storytellers, writers, politicians, and educationists. We are thrilled to have commissioned the publication of a groundbreaking series of books with Jacana Media with funding from the National Read More ...
The news about the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu has come as a great shock to us all. We were privileged to have crossed paths in 2012 at the Launch of ‘Fly, Eagle, Fly!’. The Arch wrote the beautiful Foreword for the book and shared his sentiments about the importance of this children’s book.
Rest in Power Desmond Tutu ✊🏽 You will be deeply missed by all those whose lives you touched.
It is that time of the year again, how quickly time has flown by! Our office will be closing today, but we will be back with a BANG on the 10th of January 2022. The end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to express to all of our donors, beneficiaries, partners and supporters the season’s greetings and good wishes. May all of you have a blessed, safe and joyous festive season and a prosperous New Year. Here’s to 2022! :)
Our latest issue of is now available! Find out all about what our organisation has been up to over the last few months, as well as how you can help us continue our mission of donating quality storybooks to South African children. Click here to read: https://bit.ly/3d5cx16
This Christmas, get your children the gift that keeps on giving! Biblionef has a vast selection of quality, appropriate storybooks in all 11 languages. By purchasing a book for your child, you will not only be encouraging their development, but it will also allow us to donate books to children less fortunate. You can view our catalogue (http://www.biblionefsa.org.za/view-catalogue/) or email us ([email protected]) to set up an appointment to visit our office in Pinelands, Cape Town.
: This lovely set of resources have gone out to 7 of Zero2Five Trust's ECD Centres in the Msunduzi area KwaZulu-Natal! Approximately 368 children will benefit from this donation of isiZulu and English books, educational toys, puzzles and posters. Yay! 😊
Thanks to our wonderful donor, Jim Joel Fund, we will be supporting organisations working in Early Childhood Development with quality storybooks, educational toys, puzzles, and posters.
This week, to kickstart this project, we sent 20 roller boxes to Early Inspiration for their ECD Centres. Each Centre received a roller box filled with 30 storybooks in isiXhosa and English and 8 educational resources. All the donated resources will go a long way to help ECD facilitators set the foundation for lifelong learning for their young learners.
In the upcoming weeks, we will be delivering resources to 47 more ECD Centres, 120 families, and 46 Home Interventionists. Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest updates! 😊
Dr. Seuss knows best! 🙂 📚 Happy Thursday everyone!
Ever wonder what the benefits of reading to your child are? Check out the article linked below to find out how reading to your child for at least 15-minutes a day can reap incredible benefits! Read the full article here: https://bit.ly/3j3aYUV
Happy Heritage Day, South Africa! 🇿🇦How are you celebrating today? Let us know below ☺️
Declared by UNESCO, the day highlights the importance of literacy for individuals, communities and societies and the need for intensified efforts towards more literate societies.
Since last week, our Project Manager has provided training and mentoring sessions to foundation phase teachers in KZN. This week, she is in the uMgungundlovu District of KZN, sharing the importance of teaching children how to read for meaning and incorporating storybooks into teachers’ lesson plans and the CAPS curriculum. A huge thank you to MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet for making this project possible and allowing us to continue advocating for a literate society. Below are some of the lovely photographs taken during the training and in-class mentoring sessions.
If you would like to know more about our training and mentoring programme, please visit our website. We also have various online resources for foundation phase teachers and caregivers that will provide a step by step guide on how to teach young children how to read for meaning (see here: http://www.biblionefsa.org.za/about-2/).
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