It really is all about the JOY of reading!

It really is all about the JOY of reading!

When we were presented with the Joy of Reading Award in June this year, we wanted to find ways to share the good fortune with our readers and writers. So, we decided to turn September – traditionally our ‘Literacy Month’ with so many literacy and...
FunDza Fun at Open Book Festival!

FunDza Fun at Open Book Festival!

“Hi Sonja. All is in order except that I Have 2 extra students?” An email with this message arrived in my inbox with less than 24 hours to go. 2 extra students = 2 extra goodie bags = 2 extra tickets = urgh! When I got over the initial calculation of the extra work...
Day-by-day during National Book Week!

Day-by-day during National Book Week!

National Book Week! It’s all over South Africa and it’s a literacy frenzy! It’s a lot of hard work, and a lot of fun and it is impactful to the youth in our country. So, where did the FunDza team find itself in this week? Have a look below! 4...
Sonja gets inspired with help2read facilitators

Sonja gets inspired with help2read facilitators

Fellow literacy NGO Help2read works with primary school children. Besides volunteers who read with the children on an individual basis, they also have literacy facilitators who spend a year working in schools using their programme. FunDza ran a workshop for 11 of...
Harmony High books making waves in Graaff-Reinet!

Harmony High books making waves in Graaff-Reinet!

FunDza had a lovely visit from Phillida Kingwill of Graaff-Reinet. Phillida has set up various reading groups in libraries and schools in the Graaff-Reinet area, as part of the FunDza ‘Family’ programme and outreach work. She found herself in Cape Town and...
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...
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...
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...
The end of a chapter: It Takes Two!

The end of a chapter: It Takes Two!

Since 2014 we’ve been running a flagship project sponsored by the National Arts Council and called “Mentoring Our Future Writers”. Saturday, 18 February, saw us close the book on the final chapter of this inspiring and heart-warming endeavour in...