Year End Results and Thank yous for 2018

Newsletter 18 November 2019

Hello Visitor,

WOW! What a way to end the year!

Thank you to the WOW (Women of Worth) committee for inviting Edu Fun to their year-end function this week and for announcing their generous donation of R38 000 to Edu Fun. 

R25 000 will be going towards the Health Hub to be built at DCS and the balance will go towards our Grade 2 and Grade 3 Literacy Programme in 2019. 


The Edu Fun Board and the WOW Committee

This special Holiday Edition includes

  • Several thank yous to everyone who has helped make the programme a success this year

  • A few farewells

  • Assessment results to show the % improvement over the year for all Grade 2 and 3 learners (below and attached)

  • Looking at the year ahead - Read about the Grade 2 & 3 Literacy Programme and our partner projects 

Thank you

Firstly - OUR ARMY .... all of YOU 


Volunteers at our most recent year-end parties. 

I continue to be blown away by the amazing support given by all the volunteers and the incredible work ethic and commitment to the programme and the kids. 

In all my years of teaching and running "READ FOR AFRICA" I've never had the privilege to work with such a large group of dedicated volunteers on one site.

What I know for sure - is that all the money in the world and all the state of the art resources will NOT succeed in teaching reading and improving literacy in Africa. Whilst finances and resources obviously help,  it's HUMAN RESOURCES that are the most valuable resource - dedicated people like yourselves who have taken the time and effort to learn about the Phono-Graphix and Buddy Reader techniques and take the time week after week to volunteer as well conduct assessments when necessary.

The results we report on below are due to your commitment and Africa is incredibly lucky that you and your families have had the opportunity to relocate to Johannesburg whether for a few months or years at a time!

The Edu Fun Board

Thank you to the Edu Fun board - Jeanne, (Secretary) and Petra, (Treasurer) for all your support and commitment again this year.

Jeanne, who  is always available with advice and support has done a great job with the FEP Programme again this year keeping in touch with the students and making sure that they receive their stipends and any other requests they may have. 

Petra continues to be our bookkeeper making all our payments and  liaising with our auditors at Master Mind who have done our Annual Financial Statements at no charge for many years.  


Sue Huck, Liza Munson, Jeanne Kuhr-Madinane & Joanne Zondag


A big thank you to our International Correspondents - Sue Huck and Liza Munson who travel back and forth to and from South Africa and work on Edu Fun projects whether near or far.

Sue is spearheading the Health Hub project which we will hear more about in the New Year (but you can read the attached summary in the interim). We are very excited about this project as Edu Fun will have a "home" at DCS and an actual building that all our programmes can operate from. 

Joanne and Nopinki 

Sue has been working closely with Joanne Zondag and the Rotary Club of Sandton on this project. We are also grateful for the mentoring role that Joanne and Sue play with several FEP students, especially Nopinki who has completed a sewing learnership and is currently starting her own business.

Thank you to Liza for all her efforts in getting Edu Fun registered with several programmes and campaigns this year which is a huge investment in Edu Fun's future. Getting us registered with Santa Shoebox, Global Giving and MySchool has opened many new doors for us. 

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.  It would be great if you could check that your card is linked before this holiday season kicks in :-).



Team Malawi: Gillean, Jenny, Meghan,
Liza, Sachi


We have an amazing group of volunteer leaders who lead our army who take a group of learners each week supported by the rest of the volunteers. These ladies not only show up each week to teach the assigned lessons, but also spend time planning their lessons, marking the children's work and provide a lot of support to the programme and to me personally. The group has been nicknamed "Team Malawi" since we all went on a trip to teach reading in Malawi almost a year ago. 

These ladies have certainly shown me how to put the FUN into Edu Fun and I am incredibly grateful for their friendship and hard work. 


Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated,
Psi Tau Omega Chapter

Tracy Whitfield, Memuna Williams and the AKA Sorority sisters provide the most amazing support to Edu Fun and we are grateful for their continued support both financially and in terms of  giving of their time.  AKA continue to "Spread a LOT of love" each week as they supply over 200 sandwiches and apples to DCS.

They have been involved in our sewing programme, Food Pantry - supporting some of the most vulnerable families from DCS and they also organised our annual end of year party for our Grade 3 learners -providing the decor, food and gifts.  We look forward to a continued partnership with them in 2019. Thank you Thandie Mpabanga-Nyathi (President) and Ashleigh Whitfield (Vice President) for your support as well and for being at several of our events this year.  



There are so many members of AKA who work behind the scenes to support us and we appreciate everything that they do! AKA also recruit other friends
and groups to assist on our project and we would like to extend our thanks to: 
Tandie Mpabanga-Nyathi; Ashley Whitfield; Tracy Whitfield; Memuna Williams; Marcia Shaw; Dana Banks; Angela Gillespie ; Mutsa Tongoona;  Nthabiseng Monamodi; Nozipo Mbere; Mercer Whitfield; Nonhlanhla Khumalo; Pretty Ncube; Arthur Williams; Hisier Gift Mwale; Alexander Williams and Sithabisiwe P Ncube

Thank you to Rebecca of Hakuna Matata who purchased over 200 colouring in books for the Grade 3 children this year. Thank you to Judy, Nan, Leslie and Hayley who contributed to the purchase of the pencil crayons. It was a huge saving for us and will bring hours of pleasure to the learners. 



Both the Grade 2 and Grade 3 end of year parties were a great success thanks
to AKA, Hakuna Matata House and our volunteers. The Grade 2s decorated cupcakes. 


Data Capturing and Assessment Analysis 

Thank you Karen Stowells - our resident accountant and Game Ranger for crunching all the numbers over the last few months and making sense of all of the data that we have accumulated through the assessment process. She has also spent many hours on site at DCS helping with the teaching and assessing on her days off which has been a great help. She is working on an exciting project trying to arrange for some of our learners to go on a school camp to the Mabula Game Reserve next year. Watch this space!



All this assessment data has been looked at both qualitatively and  quantitatively and has been used to inform both our Edu Fun Literacy programme as well as the DCS staffing and teaching arrangements for next year.

The DCS Dream Team

We are so fortunate to partner with dynamic educators at Diepsloot Combined School who share our common goal of improving the literacy levels at Diepsloot Combined ensuring a brighter future for the youth of Diepsloot.    

Thank you Ouma, the head of the Primary school for always welcoming us into your arms and office and embracing our ideas as we work together to provide learners at DCS with as many opportunities as possible and to ensure that their basic health and education needs are met.

We have worked very closely with Maria Magalefa (HOD) and Ms Mphaka (Grade 3 teacher) on the "ground" again this year who are both accredited Phono-Graphix Reading Therapists. They also play a vital mentoring to the other teachers. 
Their passion and hard work is evident in their classes' results (2a and 3c).


Ouma  - DCS Primary School Head                    Ms Mphaka - Foundation Phase HOD

Ms Mothapo & Mrs Magalefa

We are excited to welcome Ms Mothapo to our team who will be working with Edu Fun next year. She is a dynamic Grade 1 teacher and Head of Department who is moving to join the Grade 2 team. We so appreciate how these ladies have made things happen and have reshuffled the teaching staff to ensure that we are all working towards a common goal.  

Ms Mphaka, Maria Magalefa, and the data analysis by Karen have corroborated what so many of our volunteers and leaders have suggested - the need to get the children reading better, earlier and faster so that there is more time to spend on vocabulary, comprehension and other skills.

This will give our learners at DCS a better chance of competing with their English speaking peers by Grade 4 when they too are expected to be as proficient in English to be able to
shift from "learning to read" in two languages to "reading to learn" all their subject areas in English. The results also show that the percentage improvement in Grade 2 is a lot higher.    


This is an overall synopsis of the results for both grades.  You can view a more detailed summary attached and can locate the actual group / learners worked with with. 

I hope that you find the attached results as encouraging as we have. Those of you who manage to work with the same group of kids each week will be able to track the specific progress of the learners that you know and have come to love. You will be particularly interested to see the added impact the programmes like the Holiday Programme, Saturday School and the Phono-Graphix internship have had on the results. 


Saturday School  ​

Thank you Ms Mphaka and Ben Masipa for getting the Saturday School off the ground again this year and to Mrs Sekoele and Ms Dladla for their commitment to the Grade 2 Saturday programme and for volunteering every Saturday whilst working towards their certification as Phono-Graphix Reading therapists. 


Ms Sekoele                                 Ms Dladla                                Ms Mphaka


St Peter's School and Foundation

Our ARMY expanded this year with the support of the St Peter's Interns who all worked towards the International Phono-Graphix Certification. 16 of the interns achieved the certification in the last week. 


Thank you to Monica Sloane and Leigh Lidgey at St Peter's for their continued support of our programmes. We look forward to working with you in the New Year. 

A Few Farewells ....  

As always there are goodbyes to be said and we end the year saying goodbye to Ogechi Nunn and Carmen.

Carmen has been a regular contributor to both the Pink and Purple Groups this year. Thank you!

Ogechi Nunn also says goodbye to us. She has been part of the team for 2 years and assisted Meghan with the Purple and  Orange groups on Mondays in 2017 and 2018. 

She also came on a few Tuesdays and has supported several Edu Fun initiatives with both her time and financial support and will certainly be missed as she makes her way back to the UK.


Nan – thank you for spending so much time with us on your recent trip to South Africa. Thank you for all the assessing you did at DCS as well as Sefikeng School. We look forward to what seems to be an annual visit. So we won’t say goodbye, but rather THANK YOU and see you again SOON!

Our Teaching Programme resumes on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd January. 

We are due to resume lessons on Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 January, but may call on volunteers to assist us the week before with some assessments. 

Our Monday volunteers will now work with the entire Grade 2 year in similar  groups to this year where we divide the learners into ability groups.

Our Tuesday volunteers will then work with our Grade 3 learners requiring additional support.

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 next 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 on 31 December or 31 March. This often means that they are looking to support charities around this time 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 


The Further Education Programme (FEP) - Wish list in preparation for the next meeting on Saturday 26 January 2019

We are collecting donations of clothing, household items, cellphones, and laptops for our university students from now until Tuesday 22 January 2019. 

If you, your family, friends, or neighbours would like to recycle items that you no longer need to a good cause, we will happily pass them on.  These donations make a big difference to our students and are always very much appreciated.

If you do have any items to donate you can pass them on to Jeanne / Sue on Monday 21st and/or Tuesday 22nd January at Piatto's or at DCS. 

All the FEP students will be meeting with Sue and Jeanne on Saturday 26 January where any of the above items received will be distributed to students in need in preparation for their year at university. 


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.

We enjoyed the last Food Pantry distribution for the year this week. 3 of the learners have finished Matric this year. We caught up with Tebogo this week who will be going to Wits University in 2019 and Maseng is a starting a learnership where she will be working with Youth in a sporting environment. Follow this link to keep up to date with what Meghan and these learners are up to.


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

Thank you Karin and Veronika for running the "Top Up" Project at DCS this year with Nopinki and Tinyiko who are past pupils. 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 in the new 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. 


Wishing you all a wonderful break over this holiday season. We look forward to working with you in the New Year. 

Thank you