While the Cat’s away – the Mice will play!

While the Cat’s away – the Mice will play!

Being a conscientious finance person, I don’t like doing anything without specific permission. On Thursday 17 August, Mignon was out of the office and I heard that Nandi, Ndibs and Sive were running a Writing Good Essays workshop with learners at Christel House...
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...
Creative writing at the Knysna Literary Festival

Creative writing at the Knysna Literary Festival

FunDza was once again invited by the organisers of the Knysna Literary Festival this year to join in their celebration of literacy. We spent the week of the festival with Grade 7 learners from various schools in the area engaging them in creative writing workshops. We...
FunDza goes to Knysna

FunDza goes to Knysna

In October 2016 all roads led to the Knysna where FunDza was invited by Sasha Campbell to go teach school learners about creative writing, as part of their annual Literary Festival held in March this year. The learners rose to the occasion and got their creative...
The pen is mightier than the sword!

The pen is mightier than the sword!

Creating a writing nation: In the month of October, FunDza ran creative writing workshops with Ikamva Youth in Macassar. The plan was to pilot a workshop and see if there was a need for it. Well, the need was there. Ran by Sandra Hill with the assistance of a FunDza...
Running With FunDza

Running With FunDza

Prior to joining FunDza, I had worked with a number of organizations whose work revolved around the development of literacy among youth in disadvantaged areas around the country. I had also helped co-found reading clubs in several townships around the Eastern Cape and...
Writing good essays at Isikhokelo Primary School

Writing good essays at Isikhokelo Primary School

Bulelani Nameka is the librarian at Isikhokela Primary School. His passion for education, the community and encouraging youngsters to read led to him first volunteering at this school, which he had himself attended when he was young. Now he works there – working...
Branding me workshops at Etafeni

Branding me workshops at Etafeni

  FunDza’s “Branding Me” workshops might fall under our Developing Young Writers Programme, but it’s far more than that. The workshop focuses on building skills of how to ‘brand’ yourself in job interviews and application letters. Participants learn about the...
Writing workshop in Gauteng

Writing workshop in Gauteng

FunDza has been wanting to develop our ‘Writing Me’ course, and also be able to respond to requests from other places to run our workshops. So we were very happy to organise a workshop for a Gauteng school, Vuleka SSB, in Randburg, and to use Maia Marie to run it....
A day of creative writing

A day of creative writing

By Zimkhitha Mlanzeli When you spend your days working on other people’s writing, calling beneficiaries to check whether they have received their books and to remind them to send in their feedback, creating and writing up course material for workshops or even...