Project partners


Nal'ibali (isiXhosa for ‘Here’s the story’) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading. Nal'ibali is built on the simple logic that a well-established culture of reading can be a real game-changer for education in South Africa wtih literacy skills being a strong predictor of future academic success in all school subjects.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realise their potential. In South Africa, USAID programs include the promotion of primary grade reading.

Department of Basic Education

The Department of Basic Education (DBE) is one of the departments of the South African government. It oversees primary and secondary education in South Africa and aims to develop, maintain, and support a South African school education system for the 21st century. In a bid to help improve the reading abilities of all SA children, the department has launched a literacy campaign titled, Read to Lead, which further supports the work of the Story Powered Schools project.