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...
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...
Workshop for Gauteng library assistants

Workshop for Gauteng library assistants

FunDza was invited to run a workshop for library assistants in Gauteng about how they can use the Harmony High books, and our It Your Right! pocket booklets, to start reading clubs in local libraries. So on the 24 February I ran a day’s workshop in the rather dim...
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...
Introducing Nhlalwenhle

Introducing Nhlalwenhle

Nhlalwenhle Londeka Luthuli is a remarkable woman. She is a domestic worker by day and a writer by night as well as a mother to twins. Her employer doesn’t know that when she knocks off her work as a cleaner, she sits up late into the night writing gripping powerful...
Jayne Bauling visits with FunDza

Jayne Bauling visits with FunDza

FunDza and Cover2Cover Books were delighted to host a visit from Jayne Bauling, to promote her new book Playmaker, published by Cover2Cover. Jayne has published many youth novels and has won many awards for them too, so we were honoured to bring her on board as a...
Not wowing the Durban crowds!

Not wowing the Durban crowds!

FunDza was invited to present workshops at the Durban Business Women’s Association’s “Winning in the Workplace” event for 500 matric girls and their teachers. Dorothy Dyer travelled off to Durban to spread the word… This is her reflection on the event. *** I’d...
Jingqi reading and writing workshops

Jingqi reading and writing workshops

Recently a colleague – Zimkhitha Mlanzeli – and I ran English writing workshops at a rural high school in the Eastern Cape. It was a fascinating – and challenging – experience. The teachers had complained that learners are not expressing...