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...

Celebrating Mandela Day at Khulani Library

Celebrating Mandela Day at Khulani Library

18 July is the birthday of South African hero and legend, the late Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, a day celebrated by many throughout the country.  The FunDza Literacy Trust was fortunate to have been invited by a dynamic young man, Sisonke Mengcane, the director of...

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 passed her...

FunDza turns on the writing light

FunDza turns on the writing light

When we hear about how FunDza has inspired someone to pick up their proverbial pen, it really motivates us all in the office. Bonginkosi Malembe is someone who has credited FunDza for turning on his 'writing light'. He first came across FunDza when he googled...

Calendar for July

Calendar for July

1 July: Dorothy interviews with Cape Talk about 'The Joy of Reading' award. 3-5 July: Dorothy represents FunDza at the School Librarians Conference in Durban 4-5 July: Sonja runs Writing Good Essays workshops with Grade 9 and 10 learners from IkamvaYouth in...

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 readers. At FunDza we spend a lot of...

Getting to know our interns!

Getting to know our interns!

What a pleasure to have University of Kentucky students, Ryan Thorn and Dylan Baker, and Hokkaido University student, Yoshiaki Nagasawa, join us at FunDza. Ryan and Dylan will be around till end July, while Yoshi - as he prefers to be called - will stay with us till...

Franschhoek Literacy Festival 2017

Franschhoek Literacy Festival 2017

For the third year, FunDza brought False Bay College students involved in the Reading for Enjoyment Campaign to the Franschhoek Literary Festival. It was an honour to welcome 13 students and their lecturers to this popular literary event. The students attended three...

Introducing… the rock stars of the knowledge economy

Introducing… the rock stars of the knowledge economy

What's the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear the word 'librarian'? If your immediate thought was an older grey-haired lady with a propensity to say 'shush' very sternly, know that you need an introduction to the librarian of the 21st century! I was...

FunDza for the win!

FunDza for the win!

The FunDza Literacy Trust is getting young South Africans reading! While that may be winning news in itself, the organisation is delighted to have received international recognition: it has been selected as the inaugural recipient of The Joy of Reading Award 2017. The...

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...

Meet the ‘Five Lines of Freedom’ winners!

Meet the ‘Five Lines of Freedom’ winners!

We had a fantastic number of submissions, with some amazing poetry, coming in. One of our favourite (and probably toughest!) jobs is reading all the work sent in for our competitions and then selecting the top entries. Picking just five is not easy but – after much...

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