Newsletter - Monday 4 March and Tuesday 5 March 2019

Newsletter 18 November 2019

Hello Visitor,

Thank you to everyone who has nominated Edu Fun on the MyScool website. If you're a night owl you could still nominate us as you have until midnight tonight to do so at the following link if you haven't already

Please continue to invite your friends to join us on Mondays and Tuesdays as we need more volunteers to be able to support the unprecedented number of learners in Grade 2 and Grade 3. 

Training is not essential, as new volunteers can observe on-site and learn "on the job", however, it is a good idea to have a basic overview of the method. You can read below about a Phono-Graphix Workshop that will be run for volunteers this coming Monday 4 March which is a good opportunity to find out about the basic principles behind the programme and how to best support the lead volunteers and learners. 

There is also an opportunity to take the method further and become a certified Phono-Graphix Reading therapist just by doing your usual weekly teaching with us. The course is being offered at St Peter's School on Witkoppen Road, near Lonehill. 

You're also all welcome to join us on an Edu Fun expedition to Wakkerstroom, 3 hours out of Joburg. Read about this trip below and see how you can assist us in helping another under-resourced community implement the Read for Africa / Edu Fun model. This will take place from Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5 April. Destails about prices for travel and accommodation are included below. 

Karin Breuer who has been volunteering with Edu Fun for over 4 years will be leaving soon. We therefore invite those of you who know Karin to join us for tea/coffee after class on Monday 11 March 2019 at Piatto's at about 11am. 

Thank you to Jutta who will be taking the Purple Group in the library, together with Jeanne until the end of term. 

In this edition, see the dates to diarise at the end of this newsletter as we update the list every now and then.  


Sponsor a learner at Diesploot Combined 

If you are in a position to make a donation at this time of year, the following may be of interest to you where for R1000 you will be paying for

  • All Edu Fun activities including literacy classes for one child in Grade 2 or 3 for the year. (R500)
  • One family to receive one month's worth  of groceries from Ngangifisa in 2019. (R350)
  • One ticket for our upcoming fundraiser on 11 May 2019 at the early bird discount rate of R150 per ticket. 
All donations are tax deductible and all donors receive a tax certificate.  

When you sponsor a child like Itumeleng, Musawenkosi, Revelation, Lauren or Keorapetse we allocate a learner to you and send you a photo. We then send progress reports and updates on their progress at various stages in the year. 
Meet a few of our gorgeous Grade 2 learners - ready and eager to learn with your help
1. Itumeleng is 7 years old. He told us that he lives with his mommy and daddy and 6 year old sister. He likes to play ball and eat vegetables. 
2. Musawenkosi is 7 years old and lives with his older sister. He likes soccer and books.
3. Revelation is 7 years old. She lives with her mother and big brother. She likes to play with the skipping rope and enjoys pizza and reading. 
4. Lauren is 7 years old. She lives with her mother, brother and sister. When she grows up she wants to be a clinic sister. 
5. Keorapetse is 7 years old. She lives with her mother and she has 2 sisters and 2 brothers and likes to skip.  

If you would like to sponsor the Edu Fun literacy classes and other Edu Fun activities for one of these children or a child that you are already working with, there are several payment platforms that can be used for this purpose. 

In order to get a South African Tax certificate please do an EFT into the Edu Fun bank account. 

Bank: FNB
Branch: Randburg  
Branch Code:  254005  
Account Name:  Edu Fun  
Account Number:  62242345438

Please send us an email and let us know when you've made a payment and give us the name of the child you would like to sponsor or we will just allocate one of the children to you. Please also indicate via email if you would like a South African tax certificate.

If you pay tax in the United States or the UK, the Global Giving Platform may be of interest to you. 

Follow this link to all the payment options. 

SAVE THE DATE - Edu Fun Fundraiser on Saturday 11 May 2019

Edu Fun will be hosting a fundraising event on Saturday 11 May at 6:30pm for 7pm at St Peter's School on Witkoppen Road near Lonehill. 

We will share the details about this exciting event in the coming weeks ..... This is an Edu Fun first where we will host one event where proceeds will be evenly distributed between the Education Programme, Ngangifisa, Top Up Project, The Health Project and the Multi-purpose Hub that is being built as DCS to house all Edu Fun activities.

The collaboration of all our partner projects means that children can be assisted and developed holistically. All the education and literacy classes can't be effective when a child can't see, is unwell, has an empty stomach or doesn't have a school uniform to wear to school. We are grateful for the synergy between the groups and we're excited to work with all of you so that this great work can continue. 


Teaching Programme this coming week - Monday 4 March and Tuesday 5 March  2019

Monday 25 February 2019

We work with 200 + Grade 2 learners every Monday. All the children have been assessed and have been grouped into ability levels. 

Most of the groups are starting on the Pink Level of our programme working with 3 sound words. The basic lesson plans and worksheets are attached to give you an idea of how we teach as well as the words that we will cover. 

We try to allocate volunteers to the same group each week. If you name is not included below, then you will be assigned to a group on Monday. If you attend for  the first time with a friend, we will allocate you to the same group. 

The groups will be as follows

  • The Pink group will be with Jenny and Ms Magalefa in the 2a classroom. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, but starting with the first few letters of the programe c, a, t, o and p. Volunteers: Annika, Michaela, Eva, Jacqui  
  • The Blue group will be with Gillean and Ms Mothapo in the Grade 2b classroom. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, but starting with the first few letters of the programe c, a, t, o and p.  Volunteers: Claire, Gayle, Angela, Nthabiseng
  • The Green Group will be with Sachi and Ms Makgoba in Grade 2c. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, starting with the first few letters of the programme c, a, t, o and p. They will be moving on to the m, s, f. Volunteers: Judy, Mirriam, Hans 
  • The Purple Group will be with Jutta and Jeanne.
  • The Orange Group will be in the container classroom with Meghan (and volunteers). This group will start with revising the Blue Level of the programme, working with 4 sound words and will soon be moving onto the Green Level, where some sound pictures can have more than one letter such as the sh, ch, ck etc. Volunteers: Priyanka 
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.

Gillean will be the meeting person at Piatto's as Jenny will be going straight through to the school to ensure that the groups are arranged before everyone arrives so as to maximise the previous time we have with the learners. 

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Volunteers work with small groups of Grade 3 learners on Tuesdays. Each volunteer is allocated to 3 or 4 learners at similar ability levels.  Regular volunteers will be assigned to the same group of learners each week. 

The Tuesday programme is a great opportunity for volunteers to work towards their international certification as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist. We work in small groups and work through the programme systematically teaching children to read from 3 and 4 sound words on wards.  We currently have 4 of our volunteers working on their internship. 

All groups will start on the Pink Level focusing on 3 sound words. The following techniques are followed each lesson which are elaborated on in the attached lesson plans. 
  • Word building
  • Phoneme Manipulation
  • Word Reading
  • Word Spelling

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 - Course for Volunteers on Monday 4 March 2019

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.

We have a course starting in the first week of March at St Peter's School on Witkoppen Road near Lonehill. Our 1.5 day course will be run over 3 afternoons on Monday 4th, Tuesday 5th and Monday 11th March 2019 from 1:30pm to 3:45pm each afternoon.  

If you would just like an overview of the method, you can attend the first session on Monday 4th March. This will be sufficient in terms of the buddy reading and supportive role that volunteers play. However, should you want to be able to teach a child to read from start to finish as well as work towards an international certification, you would then need to attend all three afternoons. We then charge volunteers who do the internship a nominal fee to cover the cost of the facilitator guide and the certification. 

Please see the attached information sheet for more details and for the registration form. 

If you have not managed to attend an introductory workshop and are not able to, 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. You can fast forward to the end where you will see a demonstration on how words are built and how we do Buddy Reading. 

Join us on an exciting Edu Fun Adventure to Wakkerstroom

The long term vision of Edu Fun is to replicate our Diepsloot programme in all the schools and communities that Read for Africa works in. We have shown time and time again, that the success of a literacy programme is due to volunteers who are able to give more personalised attention to the learners. With large class sizes, it's next to impossible and unrealistic to think that 1 teacher can teach every child to read.

Gillean, Sachi, Meghan, Karen and hopefully several of you will be joining Read for Africa  and I as we take the Edu Fun model to Wakkerstroom from Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5 April 2019. 

Wakkerstroom is a quaint town 3 hours outside of Johannesburg and is situated on the border of Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal.  In isiZulu, the river that passes close to town is known as Uthaka (Utaga), which roughly translates into a wide-awake river or a lively stream. Hence the name Wakkerstroom - Afrikaans for "awake river".

Esizameleni is the township that is adjacent to the town where we will be working with teachers and the local community. The idea is that we replicate our Monday morning literacy hour in each of the Grade 1 and 2 classes for 3 consecutive mornings while local volunteers shadow us. 

We will arrive in Wakkerstroom on Tuesday 2 April and conduct a workshop with the local community and teachers. The local community will include parents as well as retired people who live in the actual town.

Read For Africa has already trained all the teachers who have started implementing the programme and are trying their best in challenging environments. 


Grade 1 learners building 3 sound words 

We're currently negotiating prices at a lovely Guest House and we estimate that the travel costs (petrol) and 3 nights accommodation will be a maximum of R2000 / person. (This is based on 8 people travelling in 2 cars). This would include breakfast. We would then each make our own plans for lunch and dinner.

You may want to follow this link to to read up on Wakkerstroom. You are also welcome to make your own travel and accommodation arrangements as there are a few options. The town is very small, but there are some lovely tourist attractions which you can read up about. My friends in Wakkerstroom have also offered to guide us here and we promise to allow you some "time off" from you duties to explore :-) 



Please let Jenny know if you are keen to join us for this exciting expedition!

Spread a Little Love with the AKA Sorority 

The AKA team continue to spread a whole lot of love every Monday and supply over 200 peanut butter sandwiches to DCS to supplement their feeding scheme.


AKA are going to focus on supplying peanut butter sandwiches and so our Edu Fun volunteers are requested to supply a bag of apples on a Monday when they can. 


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

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. 


Thank you to many of you who have already linked your cards and are already swiping away with your card so that Edu Fun can benefit. 


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 ending 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 at this page as well. Please email if you would like additional information or supporting documents.   


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. Ngangifisa distributed food to the families this week as well as gave clothing and other items away. 


A donation of R350 a month pays for a family to receive a month's worth of groceries. 
Click here to follow the Ngangifisa Facebook page and to see photos from this weeks distribution. 

Baby Club

The Baby Club supports young mums, their babies and children at a  crèche that they work with that is close to DCS. The aim is to ensure that these teenage mums stay in school and finish matric despite having the additional responsibility of having to look after a child. 

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 lead 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 see the dates to diarise at the bottom of this newsletter for the rest of this relatively short term as well as other events scheduled later in the year. 

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

Thank you
Jenny and The Edu Fun Team 

February / March 2019

  • Introductory workshop on Phono-Graphix for Volunteers on Monday 4 March from 1:30pm to 3:45 pm at St Peter's School.
  • Further training - more in-depth for those who want to pursue the certification will continue on Tuesday 5 March and Monday 11 March from 1:30pm to 3:45pm on each of these afternoons. 
  • Teaching as usual up to and including Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 March 2019
  • 11 March will be Karin Breuer's last lesson with Edu Fun. Join us for coffee at Piatto's after school so that we can say goodbye to her. 

April 2019
  • Edu Fun expedition to Wakkerstroom Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 April 2019
  • Lessons at DCS resume on Monday 8 & Tuesday 9 April 2019 and Monday 15 & Tuesday 16 April 2019.
  • No lessons until the first week of May due to Easter and other public holidays.

May 2019
  • Edu Fun lessons resume on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 May 2019
  • Edu Fun Fundraiser - Saturday 11 May 6:30pm for 7pm start (details to be announced)

June 2019
  • The Annual Holiday Buddy Reader, Art & Sports Programme is scheduled for Tuesday 18, 19, 20 June 2019.