First Newsletter for 2019

Newsletter 23 August 2019

Hello Visitor,

Welcome back to many of our volunteers. 

Lessons resumed this week with the Grade 3 learners on Tuesday and we also finalised assessments with all our Grade 2 learners. 

Thank you to Sue, Jeanne, Karen, Meghan, Gillean and Sachi who have been involved in all the extra assessment days, taking photos of the learners, capturing all the data, grouping the learners and/or preparing all the books. 

Teaching Programme Next week - Monday 28 January and Tuesday 29 January 2019

Monday 28 January 2019

We start our lessons with the Grade 2 learners on Monday. They will still be in there 3 classes for logistical reasons while we allocate each child a book and a name tag and double check the lists, photos and assessments as new children arrive at the school on a daily basis. 


  • Meghan (and volunteers) will work with Grade 2a
  • Gillean (and volunteers) will work with Grade 2b
  • Sachi (and volunteers) will work with Grade 2c

The lesson will cover

  • Edu Fun Rules for the year
  • A poem on "I am special"
  • Each learner will draw a picture in their new book

We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am outside Piatto's and car pool to Diepsloot and are usually back in Dainfern by 11am.

Tuesday 29 January 2019

Our Tuesday teaching programme has already resumed and we started with a small group of learners. 

We assessed and grouped these learners previously and each volunteer will be allocated 2 to 3 Grade 3 learners each and will work with the same small group of learner when they can.

A group of the 30 top readers have also be identified in Grade 3 and Meghan will be taking them to the next level. She will teach them the highest level of the Phono-Graphix reading and spelling method as well as work on vocabulary and other skills to extend these learners. Watch this space, because future scientists, doctors or presidents may come out of this group one day!

Volunteers meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am outside Piatto's and car pool to Diepsloot and are usually back in Dainfern by 10:30am.


The Phono-Graphix Reading Method

Our English literacy lessons are based on Read for Africa's Phono-Graphix Reading and spelling method. We do run volunteer workshops from time to time and volunteers are welcome to  attend more in-depth training in the method with Read For Africa. Email for more information.

If you have not managed to attend an introductory workshop on the Phono-Graphix reading method, or would like a refresher, you can follow this YouTube link to learn more about the Phono-Graphix Reading method and about teaching reading in a South African context.

The video clip takes you through the 4 key principles behind the programme as well as discusses a few topical debates such as learning how to read in one's mother tongue versus English.


On-going Campaigns - please share this information with your friends and 

The Global Giving and MySchool platforms have increased our fundraising potential as these are both platforms that make it very easy for our supporters to give us money. 

Click on ether of the images below to find out more about both of these campaigns. If you have a Woolworths card, you can very easily link it to our MySchool campaign which means Woolworths will give Edu Fun money every time you swipe your card, at NO cost to you. 

We have bought all our stationery for this term from Walton's as they are also a My School partner - so please keep this in mind when buying all your stationery. 



Estimated Budget and Stationery needs for our 2019 Grade 2 and 3 Literacy Programme

We estimate that we will need an ambitious R171 000 to accommodate up to 380 Grade 2 and 3 learners this year. Our latest proposal and break down of estimated costs is attached.  

Our biggest expense is stationery and printing. If you have any contacts and could arrange toner/cartridges and ordinary A4 photocopy paper, we would be most grateful as this would be a huge saving. 

Many companies have their financial year finishing February/March. This often means that they are looking to support charities at the start of a year as they need to use up their CSI budgets. 

If you do have any corporate contacts, it would be great if you reminded them about Edu Fun and the work that we do. Please let them know that we are BEE compliant and can issue Tax certificates. 

Please follow this link for more information or to see how you can make a donation.

Our official registration numbers etc. are available on this page as well

Please email if you would like additional information or supporting documents.   
Use our new Payfast link to make a donation at 

Ngangifisa and the Food Pantry

Ngangifisa usually distribute monthly groceries to a group of the most vulnerable families in Diepsloot on the last Wednesday of each month.  Many of these children have lost one or both parents and in some cases come from child headed homes.

The next food distribution is on Wednesday 30 January at 11am. 


Click here to follow the Ngangifisa Facebook page.  

Baby Club

The Baby Club also had there year-end party this week. Anthea was back in town to thank her team as well as give gifts to the young mums, their babies and the children at the crèche that they work with. 

To find out more about the Baby Club and to see photos of their recent party follow this link to their Facebook page.


The Top Up Project - Mending School Uniforms

This group mend school uniforms on a weekly basis after our Tuesday Buddy Reader Programme. They also provide new school shoes when funds allow. They have recently added shoe polishing to their services which will help protect the shoes for longer and also give some of the school shoes a face lift before needing to be replaced altogether! 

To see what Veronika and Karin are up to, follow them on Facebook by clicking on this link. 


Health Project - Eyesight, Dental, Nutrition checks

Thank you to Arlene and Dominique who have taken over the leadership of the Health Group. They can be contacted on if you would like more information about the Health group and how you can get involved this year.

This group does eyesight and dental checks with the learners as well as provide nutritional and other guidance.

Please contact me on 082 322 0608 or email if you have any general queries.

You can also contact the relevant person mentioned above for specific projects or events.

Please click here and "Like" our Edu Fun Facebook page if you haven't already. 


Thank you
The Edu Fun Team