Malusi Ntoyapi is an Early Literacy Trainer & Programmes Support Officer at the Project for the Study of Alternative Education (PRAESA) in South Africa where he works on the national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali. Nal’ibali aims to spark all children’s potential through storytelling and reading. Launched in 2012, it works with partners to put in place the conditions that support the initial and ongoing literacy learning of all children. It combines a mass-media advocacy campaign highlighting the critical link between children’s love of reading and educational success, with a grassroots programme of training workshops and reading clubs.
As an advocate for education, Ntoyapi also facilitates the KwaFaku-Vulindlela Reading Club in Lower Crossroads, Cape Town, where he mentors community volunteers to ensure society realises the right to education through the provision of quality and basic education for all.
He completed his BA. Social Science and Linguistics at the University of Western Cape and holds a certificate in Community Storytelling from The International School for Storytelling in the United Kingdom. Ntoyapi is currently reading for an Honours degree in Linguistics at UCT and is working on his thesis. As an active citizen of the world, he strives to overcome divisions and inequality by fostering values of dialogue, diversity, human dignity and human rights using education as a tool.
His work with PRAESA has seen them honoured with the prestigious international children’s literacy accolade, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA). The ALMA is the world’s largest award for children’s and young adult literature and reading promotion and PRAESA was celebrated for its work in promoting children’s literacy in all official languages across South Africa since 1992.
Ntoyapi is also a 2015 Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South African in the field of Education.