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Carole Bloch

Literary Consultant and Trustee of the Nal’ibali Trust

The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) director Dr Carole Bloch has a background in teaching pre-school children and older children with literacy learning difficulties.  Since 1992, when she joined PRAESA, she has worked to transform the way children learn to read and write by putting stories, meaning making and enjoyment at the centre of formal and non-formal learning. She set up an Early Literacy Unit in PRAESA and co-ordinated its work for many years. This included research into young children’s literacy and biliteracy learning in multilingual African settings, facilitating training for teachers and teacher trainers and the publication of several storybooks for children of all ages in many African languages. In 2004 Carole initiated and ran the AU’s African Academy of Languages (ACALAN) core project, Stories Across Africa, a pan-African initiative to create common collections of stories for all African children to read in their mother tongues. She has served as an early literacy consultant in several African countries and has a PhD (cum laude) in early literacy in African settings from the Carl Ozietsky University in Germany. She is founder and a trustee of The Little Hands Trust, which promotes and supports the development and use of children’s literature in South Africa. Carole co-founded and led the first four years of the Nal’ibali national Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign and continues to give literacy direction to the campaign. She is a trustee of The Nal’ibali Trust, serves on the SA PEN committee and has been elected a member of  the IBBY International Executive Committee for 2016-2018.