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February 2016
FunDza... Sparking a Reading Revolution in South Africa
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Happy Langa Library students pose with FunDza books
courtesy of the donation by the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation

A frantic but fun-filled February!

Wow! It's mid-way through February and there's so much on the go already. In the last two weeks we've launched our Reading for Enjoyment sessions with False Bay College students at the Fish Hoek campus - and at the Khayelitsha campus too. Sonja and Zimkhitha have started sessions at both, spreading a love of reading and writing (see the article below).

As February is the month of LOVE, FunDza's running a poetry competition - Lines of Love! Readers are challenged to send in their own original eight-line poem that captures a beating (or broken) heart well. We've been inundated with entries already - we'll be sharing some with you once the judging has happened. To enter or find out more about the competition, visit our mobi site.

This month there'll be two book launches. If you're in Cape Town or Joburg, please come and celebrate with us. As we mentioned in last month's newsletter - both launches involve young people who've worked hard to develop their writing skills to a professional level. We're so excited to see these books in print.

Capetonians, join us at the Book Lounge on 18 February (5.30pm for 6pm) for the launch of Taking Chances (the 10th book in the Harmony High series) - written by the hugely talented young writer Sicelo Kula - who'll be in conversation with Deon Meyer. And, if you're in Gauteng, then join us on 25 February (6.30pm for 7pm) at the Goethe-Institut for the launch of It Takes Two! Vol 2 - the anthology of short stories developed out of the Mentoring Our Future Writers project, sponsored by the National Arts Council. Both events will be very special - we hope to see you there. (Check out our calendar for all this month's events.)

Our Annual Report 2015 is hot off the press! If you'd like a print version posted to you, please email your request to info@fundza.co.za. Alternatively, read it online here.

Catch up with all our news by reading the articles below.

Sending love from all at FunDza
Mignon, Anthea, Dorothy, Ros, Zimkhitha, Phoebe, Ndibulele, Sonja, Siki, Lebo, Baleseng, Andrew, Rethabile and Steve

Yay! It's a new year and the Reading for Enjoyment sessions with False Bay College have started. This year the programme runs at Fish Hoek and Khayelitsha campuses. Read more...
Ruan Wiggett has been helping us edit Fanz stories and poetry, and providing feedback to all our young keen writers. Find out why she loves working with FunDza! Read more...
FunDza content developer Ros Haden has the tough job of managing our 'Rights' project. It's hard but it's worth it. We're about to publish our 16th rights story! Read more...
A very big thank you goes to the Wilbur and Niso Smith Foundation for their generous donation to get the teens and young adults in Nyanga and Langa libraries reading. Read more...
FunDza is building an online reading curriculum - to develop the language skills young people need for school and life. Find out what different groups say about the programme.  Read more...
From book launches to competitions, from TV interviews to volunteer training... FunDza's got a busy February ahead. Keep up to date - check out our events calendar. Read more...
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