Calendar for November

Calendar for November

4 November: FunDza team, friends and family, attend the Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards – a gala event at the Artscape Theatre. Watch this space to hear if we won an award! 8 November: Mignon attends ‘Community of Practice’ After School...
Discovering Confucius in China

Discovering Confucius in China

The prospect of travelling for hours by air to the other side of the world really made me nervous! But I was curious too and I felt immense appreciation at being given the honour of representing FunDza, my colleagues, directors, as well as our readers – our FunDza...
Calendar for October!

Calendar for October!

2 October: Dorothy and Zimkhitha present FunDza at a teachers workshop in Hermanus. 3 October: Ndibulele and Nandi introduce reading and writing at Zenex workshops in both Manyano and Luhlaza. 4 October: Ndibulele and Nandi introduce reading and writing at Zenex...
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...
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...
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...
Changing the game at the After School Symposium

Changing the game at the After School Symposium

On 16 and 17 February I attended the Western Cape After School Game Changer Symposium, organised by the Western Cape Government and The Learning Trust. The conference focused on after-school programmes and how to make them more effective. FunDza is participating in of...
Showcasing FunDza in Bloemfontein

Showcasing FunDza in Bloemfontein

FunDza was invited to present its work at the LIASA (Library and Information Association of South Africa) and SLYSIG (School Library and Youth Services Interest Group) Conference in Bloemfontein. This was the second biennial conference organised by LIASA and SLYSIG of...
Reading and writing in the land of pyramids and papyrus

Reading and writing in the land of pyramids and papyrus

This isn’t a blog about the sights, sounds and tastes of Cairo. So I won’t talk about the chaotic bustle of the airport, the extravagance of the conference venue, nor the awe-inspiring light and sound display at the pyramids. Suffice to say, it felt hugely...