Looking back and planning forward

Looking back and planning forward

Now that we're six, the FunDza board and management felt it was time to review where we've come from and where we're going to. Mignon Hardie asked Mignon Keyser to facilitate the strategy session for staff and the board. Mignon Keyser is a strategist, business mentor...

Nontando, overcoming her fears at FunDza

Nontando, overcoming her fears at FunDza

We had the pleasure of hosting Nontando Mpinda as a job shadower in the March/April school holidays. Initially shy, we soon found that Nontando was a delight. She was keen to share her intimate knowledge of what it's like to be a teen in Khayelitsha and she held...

The Joy of Reading Award – FunDza is a nominee!

The Joy of Reading Award – FunDza is a nominee!

The Joy of Reading Award is an international award intended to recognise initiatives or projects that encourage citizens to read. Systematic, an IT company with a focus on creating solutions for corporate as well as health and education organisations, developed the...

Calendar for May

Calendar for May

3 May: Dorothy visits the YearBeyond groups at Intshukumo and Phoenix High Schools 5 May: Mignon Keyser facilitates a strategy meeting at FunDza's offices with staff and trustees, Xolisa Guzula and Rethabile Mashale-Sonibare 6 May: Xolisa and Rethabile have a...

Farewell to Aimee-Claire

Farewell to Aimee-Claire

Aimee-Claire left us at the end of April to head back to Pretoria. We are certainly missing her sunny disposition and ready smile. Full of giggles and wisdom, we thank her for her time and dedication to FunDza. She parts FunDza with this heart-felt post. Thank you,...

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...

Rejuvenating Creativity

Rejuvenating Creativity

Sometime in early February, Mignon (FunDza's Executive Director) shared a Creative Facilitation workshop with us and asked who would be interested in going. Being fully aware that the workshop would be over a weekend, we (Dorothy, Sonja and myself) signed up with some...

Mobile Learning Week: taking refuge in Paris

Mobile Learning Week: taking refuge in Paris

True confessions: the trip to Paris for the UNESCO Mobile Learning Week felt daunting and difficult. There were too many deadlines, too many reports to write, too many proposals to get off, and just generally too much to do. More importantly, I was tired, tired in my...

Creative writing at the Knysna Literary Festival

Creative writing at the Knysna Literary Festival

FunDza was once again invited by the organisers of the Knysna Literary Festival this year to join in their celebration of literacy. We spent the week of the festival with Grade 7 learners from various schools in the area engaging them in creative writing workshops. We...

FunDza visits Masiphumelele Library

FunDza visits Masiphumelele Library

By Aimee-Claire Smith The Uber picks us up outside the FunDza offices in Muizenberg. My co-worker, Zimkhitha, and I climb into the back seat and begin the half-hour drive to Masiphumelele, a small township somewhere near Fish Hoek. We don’t talk much, preferring to...

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