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A children's story series exposes rare tales from South Africa


"The Three Thieves", "Barren Child", "King Ntholeng and the Camel"... Few of us have ever heard of these Setswana tales, and yet they contain great educational lessons for our children. Supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the French Institute in South Africa (IFAS), a new series endeavours to publish these stories and to show the world that Africa's traditional tales can also display some great "edutainment".

Taken from the very rich Setswana oral tradition, these stories are now published in three languages: isiZulu, French and English. This diversity allows young readers to get acquainted to other languages from their native one. A small glossary, along with a moral lesson is also displayed at the end of the story, explaining what the tale aims to teach.

"The Three Thieves", "Barren Child" and "King Ntholeng and the Camel" are available at Dibuka (Johannesburg) - This project is supported by the France-South Africa Seasons 2012&2013



Books - Dibuka

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    Programme DibuKlub and DibuKids - February to June

    February - June 2019 Dibuka Francophone Multimedia Library at the Alliance Française of Johannesburg This year will be full of exciting events and activities at Dibuka. With movies twice a month on Wednesdays for adults; and storytime, films or activities twice a month on Saturdays for kids, there… Read more
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    Dibuka Library Festival

    Not your ordinary book festival! 1 – 29 September 2018 Spring is coming! And with it, the Dibuka Library Festival, a new kind of book festival to celebrate Dibuka's new revamping and its 15th birthday. Dibuka Library Festival will run from the 1st to the 29th of September at the newly revamped… Read more
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    Discover the new Dibuka

    The Embassy of France in South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg are proud to present the newly revamped francophone multimedia library, named after the Setswana word for "books": dibuka. Dibuka is today the biggest francophone multimedia… Read more

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