Zimkhitha’s new adventure

Zimkhitha’s new adventure

Zimkhitha found FunDza on Mxit in 2012 and contacted us about submitting a story as a Fanz writer in August 2012. Her first story published – under her pseudonym ‘Vixene Jones’ – was The Invincible Force, about two lovers from different...
Hamba kakuhle, Yoshi!

Hamba kakuhle, Yoshi!

In October we said goodbye to Yoshiaki Nagasawa, who joined us from Hokkiado, Japan, for a five-month volunteer internship. I first met Yoshi in Cairo at eLearning Africa in May 2016. He’d come to hear my talk on FunDza that focused on the lessons we’d...
Learning from our Lean Data

Learning from our Lean Data

As a grantee of Omidyar Network, we were given the opportunity to have Lean Data, a data service created by Acumen, conduct a free external evaluation of our beneficiaries to get quick and high-quality feedback. Lean Data uses low-cost technology and methods to gather...
Learning in Context – eLA 2017 in review

Learning in Context – eLA 2017 in review

This marked the fifth eLearning Africa to which I’ve been privileged to attend and give a presentation. It is one of the highlights of my year – learning about what is happening elsewhere in Africa in the eLearning space. The conference always attracts...
In exceptionally good company

In exceptionally good company

It was such a privilege and honour to go to UNESCO headquarters in Paris to accept the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy on behalf of the FunDza Literacy Trust. The prizes were awarded on International Literacy Day (ILD), where literacy-minded individuals and...
FunDza wins UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy!

FunDza wins UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy!

We’re delighted to announce that FunDza has been awarded the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy 2017. The prize, supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, rewards work that benefits rural populations and out-of-school youth,...
Testing, testing… one two three

Testing, testing… one two three

In late 2015 FunDza had the idea to use a small raspberry pi device in order to disseminate FunDza’s short stories in places and spaces and to people for whom connectivity was difficult or problematic. We know – from the feedback from readers – that...
To Phoebe, with love

To Phoebe, with love

It was April 2012. The FunDza office was based around my diningroom table. Phoebe Sibomana, a family friend of Ros’, was completing her honours in Social Development at UWC and needed to get some job place experience. She contacted Ros, a family friend, who...
Impacting one reader at a time

Impacting one reader at a time

Our organisation’s driving force is embodied in the slogan: ‘Reading changes lives’. As individuals we can see the impact reading has had – and continues to have – on our own lives and love hearing reports of these changes from our...