Ramsgate Book and Art Fair

Ramsgate Book and Art Fair

The thick green vegetation and lazy rivers of KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast inspire exotic stories of adventure which is why a meeting of authors and artists in Ramsgate on November 11 and 12 for a book and art festival seemed a perfect fit. Mpume Makhaye, a writer and...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Calendar for February 2017

Calendar for February 2017

Even though we can’t believe we’re more than halfway through February, here is what we have been and what we will be up to in February: 6 February: Sonja Kruse provides training for the 2017 Year Beyond Volunteers in fun activities and games. 14...
FunDza’s survey winners!

FunDza’s survey winners!

In December, FunDza ran a Summer Survey Competition. It was a win for us and a win for our readers too! We were able to learn more about our readers – who they are, what their issues are, what suggestions they have for improvements, what they like/don’t...