Zukiswa Wanner. Photo/Fungai Machirori

Players for South African premier league squad Orlando Pirates are set to join Zukiswa Wanner at a public reading to children on World Read Aloud Day in Soweto, South Africa on February 1, 2018, according to our well-placed sources.

Every year on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people. On this day we all have a responsibility to spread the importance and power of reading aloud and sharing stories with children. This year the event will be hosted on February 1.

In South Africa, literacy advocates Nal’ibali have encouraged the country’s citizens to join the rest of the world in the global campaign. In 2017, Nal’ibali was lucky to have actresses Buhle Ngaba and Hlubi Mboya, and writers Mohale Mashigo and Sindiwe Magona read aloud to some of the children.

2018 looks set to be just as exciting as they aim to have at least one million children participating in World Read Aloud Day. Nal’ibali have commissioned author and journalist Zukiswa Wanner to write the story to be read aloud to children on the day. The story The Final Minute, is about “a football-loving future Bafana Bafana player and his best friend who hope to lead South Africa to winning the World Cup championship”.

The story has been translated into all of South Africa’s official languages Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, English, Ndebele, Northern Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Afrikaans and Zulu. Blind SA has also translated the story to Braille for the visually impaired.

Orlando Pirates in league action.
Orlando Pirates in league action.

Wanner will read the story aloud in Mofolo Park in Soweto on from 10am to 12pm.

You can join in the fun by going to Nalibali.mobi to download the story and reading to children around you The Final Minute by Zukiswa Wanner and posting your reading event on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #WRADChallenge2018.