Carole Bloch 2017

Biographical Statement

Carole Bloch directs PRAESA (Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa), a non-government multilingual language and literacy organisation affiliated to the University of Cape Town (www.praesa.org.za). Carole has a PhD in early literacy in African settings from the Carl Ozietsky University in Germany (cum laude) and has served as an early literacy consultant in several African countries. Since 1992, 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 has conducted research into young children’s literacy and biliteracy learning in multilingual African settings, facilitated training for teachers and teacher trainers as well as 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 is the founder and a trustee of The Little Hands Trust which promotes and supports the development and use of children’s literature in Africa. Carole  co-founded and lead the first 4 years of the Nal'ibali national Reading-for-Enjoyment Campaign (www.nalibali.org); PRAESA continues as  content, partner for the campaign and Carole gives guidance on language and literacy campaign issues. She is now leading a PRAESA team who are doing development and research into early childhood biliteracy teaching and learning.