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July 2016
FunDza... Sparking a Reading Revolution in South Africa
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FunDza ran a Writing Good Essays workshop at Ikamva Labantwana Bethu, Crossroads. Smiles all round!

Reading changes lives!

Reading has had a huge impact on all those working at FunDza. So, it is hugely gratifying to see how introducing people to the joys of reading is having an impact on theirs. We've just published the results of the December 2015 survey of our readers - download it here - and can see that reading books and stories is making a real and measurable difference to the lives and attitudes to reading of many of the young people we reach.

The final question of the survey asked readers what difference reading on FunDza had made to the life, if any at all. 82% of the approximately 850 respondents said that it had made a difference. And, even of those 18% that reported no change, many qualified their response with words like 'but I am reading more' or 'I'm enjoying reading more'.

We thematically analysed the responses and found that 37% said that the stories had had some impact on their personal development, 16% said that they were reading more, and 13% reported gaining a new perspective on life or particular issues. Readers illustrated their answers with personal anecdotes of change. Some spoke about learning forgiveness or becoming more tolerant, others expressed how their confidence had been boosted through their ability to read better, others had been inspired to study again or to try harder at school, while others had developed a love of writing. Here are just a few of the comments:

"I've learnt a lot of things in this app. I can relate to some of the stories i read here. Before using funza i was a lost cause i didnt know what i wanted in life. But now i think am heading in the right direction"

"i was lazy to read at first but as time went by i fell in love with FUNDZA stories they taught me more about different issues we're facing in our countries and in our lives also...best thing is it gives me hope that whatever goes on i life have to be positive."

"At first I did not like to read stories and poems.But since i read stories and poems on fUNDZA i enjoyed them and now I am interested in reading stories and poems .THANKS TO FUNDZA IT REALLY MADE HUGE DIFFERENCE IN MY LIFE I ALSO ENCOURAGE MANY TO VISIT FUNDZA PAGE TO LEARN SOMETHING FROM IT .:)"

Read the full report for more. Our readers have certainly inspired all at FunDza to continue to do what we do: getting young people exciting about reading and books!

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#HappyReading, with love from all at FunDza
Mignon, Dorothy, Ros, Zimkhitha, Phoebe, Nandi, Ndibulele, Sonja, Dumisa, Shelley, Heather, Eva, Masibulele, Siki, Xolisa, Lebo, Baleseng, Andrew, Rethabile and Steve

One of FunDza's aims is to use stories as the basis for discussion and reflection. See how this works with at a session with False Bay College students. Read more...
We're out and about in July running more writing workshops and attending other events. Check out our July Calendar for the details. Read more...
Dorothy attended the LIASA conference in Bloemfontein, presenting the work of FunDza and meeting beneficiary groups. Read more...
In May writer, dancer, actor and director Lawrence Simelane met with Grade 9 learners at the Thaba Jabula Secondary School in Soweto. Read more...
Our visiting Uni. of Kentucky volunteers, Eva and Heather, attended a lively talk by FunDza writer Sicelo Kula at the Athlone chapter of U3A. Read more...
We loved meeting the enthusiastic learners from Sozo Foundation in Vrygrond, and they loved hearing about our projects! Read more...
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