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November 2016
FunDza... Sparking a Reading Revolution in South Africa
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FunDza says #NoToStateCapture


The FunDza Literacy Trust's mission is to improve the literacy levels of South African youth through its various reading and writing programmes. It sees itself as a service organisation fulfilling a need - a need that exists due to social and economic inequalities. These inequalities are rooted in our apartheid past, but they are also exacerbated by lack of progress in providing all young people with access to quality education and opportunities for social and economic mobility.

Wouldn't it be wonderful if there were no need for FunDza to exist - and that all South Africans are literate and have access to relevant reading material? We're idealistically working towards this goal with the full realisation that we cannot do it alone - but rather in partnership with others. We are also well aware that much in the macro-environment needs to change in order to address the deep structural imbalances that perpetuate the cycle of poverty and inequality in which so many remain trapped.

For this reason, we believe it is important to make a stand at this critical juncture in our country's history. We recognise the pivotal role government can play for good. We are concerned at how our state institutions and finances are being eroded - wilfully through corruption and inadvertently through inefficiencies and wastage. For us to reach our goals, we need government to play its role too. As an organisation we've decided to take a public stand with the 'SAVE South Africa' campaign and say #NoToStateCapture. Read more about our reasoning here.

And now for something different...! The launch of #LoveReading - a collection of stories, blogs, essays and poems (many written by our young writers) - is the highlight of November for us. Please join us to celebrate on 16 November from 5.30 for 6pm at our offices in Muizenberg. Nancy Richards will be in conversation with a number of the up-and-coming writers of whom we are so proud. Click here for the event on Facebook.

#HappyReading, with love from all at FunDza
Mignon, Dorothy, Ros, Zimkhitha, Phoebe, Nandi, Ndibulele, Sonja, Shelley, Alonzo, Masibulele, Veronica, Siki, Xolisa, Rethabile and Steve
A 'liberating experience'! Veronica Boyi spills the beans on what it's been like interning at FunDza. Read more...
Zimkhitha Mlanzeli and Sandra Hill have tested a new Writing Me workshop with Ikamva Youth, Makhaza. Read more...
With Mxit closing, we wanted to go the extra mile to reach those readers who couldn't read our stories... Read more...
Sonja Kruse and Ndibulele Sotondoshe took a drive up the coast to run writing workshops for Knysna Literary Festival's outreach programme. Read more...
Sonja Kruse introduced the power of stories to ECD trainee teachers at False Bay College, Khayelitsha. Read more...
Have a look at what we have been up to in October, and upcoming events this month too! Not much left of 2016!  Read more...
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