Inspiring the Shine Literacy volunteers

Inspiring the Shine Literacy volunteers

At FunDza, we have learnt that the best advocates of reading for pleasure are people who read themselves, and practice what they preach! So we were delighted to be invited by Shine Literacy to do a workshop with their young volunteers for their Khanyisa project. These...
Meeting Fanz writer Shuneen Adams

Meeting Fanz writer Shuneen Adams

I was invited to talk to (U3A) the University of the Third Age in Greyton about FunDza. It was a smallish group – perhaps because there was a wild fire on the nearby mountain, visible from the meeting venue! But there were some experienced literacy practitioners...
Open learning comes to fundza.mobi

Open learning comes to fundza.mobi

Over the years FunDza has been asked by various organisations for online support in reading programmes using our appealing content. We first designed customised online courses for different groups such as the Year Beyond programme. Recently we have started creating...
FunDza’s fourth year with Year Beyond

FunDza’s fourth year with Year Beyond

This is the fourth year that we are providing the English programme content to the Western Cape’s Year Beyond after-school programme, where young volunteers work with learners in the afternoons. FunDza provides an online curriculum, and also books as back-up for when...
Fun and games at YEBO!

Fun and games at YEBO!

During the July holidays FunDza ran refresher training for the youth volunteers who run the Year Beyond (YEBO) programme. FunDza has been part of YEBO since its inception over three years ago. YEBO trains youth volunteers who run extra-mural online English and Maths...
Librarians lead the way

Librarians lead the way

I was invited to give a talk at the School Librarians Conference about FunDza, and how we are getting young South Africans reading. (It was in Durban and I was hoping for warm weather, but sadly they were having a cold snap!) There were passionate and committed...
Writing Club pilot takes off!

Writing Club pilot takes off!

Lucky us! FunDza has been awarded a grant to run its WriteSmart writing clubs with three beneficiary groups in Gauteng. We are grateful to the Gauteng Department of Arts and Culture for their support. Writing is often seen as a chore at school. We are trying to break...
Dorothy visits BookTrust

Dorothy visits BookTrust

I was very fortunate to represent Cover2Cover Books at the London Book Fair this year, the visit funded by the DTI. While in London I went to visit BookTrust, the biggest literacy charity in the UK. They have a range of programmes, and I was particularly interested in...
Children’s literacy seminar sparks deeper thinking

Children’s literacy seminar sparks deeper thinking

I was invited to attend the Children’s literacy, literature and multilingual storybook production / translation seminar organised by PRAESA, IBBY and PEN, and also to present FunDza’s work in a panel discussion. I gave a brief input about FunDza’s work, focusing on...