Newsletter - Last week of term Monday 11 March and Tuesday 12 March 2019

Newsletter 18 November 2019

Hello Visitor,

Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 March will be our last lessons for the term. We will resume on Monday 8 and Tuesday 9 April.  Please read below for the basic lesson plans for Monday and Tuesday. 

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 on Monday at Piatto's at about 11am. This will be her last visit to Diepsloot. 

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

Edu Fun featured in the Fourways Review this week which has created some interest in the Dainfern / Fourways area and we have a few new people joining us next week as a result. Thank you Karen Stowell for facilitating this.  The full article is attached. Thanks To Gilleanand Gayle who have saved a few extra copies and to Lucy Taylor who collected from Caxton's head office .... we should have enough to give our regulars a hard copy on Monday/Tuesday. 

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. 

We have a lot planned for the new term, including an Edu Fun expedition to Wakkerstroom, from Tuesday 2 April to Friday 5; our FIRST Annual Fundraiser on 11 May and of course fitting in as many of our usual lesson between the school holidays and Easter.


Our upcoming fundraiser has been posted on Facebook today and Tickets are now available for Saturday 11 May 2019

Please view our event on Facebook at this link and share with all your friends.

Thank you to Meghan Rittenberry who is heading up the fundraiser committee and being supported by Gillean and Sachi and other volunteers. All the partner projects will be working together and all funds will be distributed equally across all projects. We look forward to collaborating with all of you as we work towards common goals - raising funds to reduce / eliminate as many barriers to learning at Diepsloot Combined School whether it be to feed, conduct health screen, provie uniforms, teaching reading and/or provide a multi-purpose hub to house all these activities.  

Thank you to St Peter's Preparatory School  for providing the lovely venue for this event and to all of you who have indicated that you will attend/help leading up to the event or on the day.  

Event Details:

Join us Saturday 11 May at 18:30 for our first annual Edu Fun Fundraiser! All proceeds benefit Edu Fun’s literacy program and partner projects.
Together we work tirelessly to improve the lives of the children in Diepsloot Combined School through education, health and nutrition.


Tickets are just R200 per person! Banking details below.

The night will include:

  • Light bites, cocktails and dancing.
  • Silent and live art auctions showcasing local Diepsloot artists, photography by mrsk and unique pieces contributed by the Art Eye.
  • 50/50 Raffle.

Come learn about all our projects and meet some of the children that have graduated from our programs and are now in University.

Please email proof of payment to so that you can receive your confirmation email detailing important information about the night, directions to the venue and your assigned auction number.

We look forward to seeing you!

Banking Details
Bank: FNB
Account Name: Edu Fun
Account Number: 62242345438
Branch Code: 254005
Reference: Fundraiser19
Email Proof of Payment to:


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. 

Teaching Programme this coming week - Monday 11 March and Tuesday 12 March  2019

Monday 11 Monday 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 programme c, a, t, o and p. Volunteers: Annika, Michaela, Eva and new volunteers 
  • 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 programme c, a, t, o and p.  Volunteers: Claire, Gayle, Angela, Karin
  • 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 Nthabiseng  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. 

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 12 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 

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.

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 - 2 to 5 April 2019

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.

A group of Edu Fun volunteers 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'll be staying at a Guest House called Laventaba and we estimate that the travel costs (petrol) and 3 nights accommodation will be a maximum of R2000 / person. This would include breakfast. We would then each make our own plans for lunch and dinner.

You may want to follow this link 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, by Friday 15th  March if you are keen to join us for this exciting expedition! Wakkerstroom Primary would be considered a rural "township'" school with similar and different challenges to Diepsloot. It is also non-fee paying.  

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 will do their next distribution on Wednesday 12 April at 11am due to the school holidays and Easter. 


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 

March 2019

  • 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.