Growing Communities of Readers

About the Project

FunDza is focused on growing generations of young South Africans empowered through literacy and a love of reading. A universally recognized need, reading provides the foundation for all education; and education is a major driver of economic and social mobility.

FunDza provides young people across the country with access to quality locally-generated reading content via their mobile phones.

FunDza’s highly engaging content hooks even reluctant readers into reading every day. Its “library on a cellphone” showcases fiction and non-fiction books, short stories, plays and poetry. The content is written by award-winning and celebrated local writers. Each week FunDza publishes a new short story which is serialized in seven parts, providing fresh content every day. Feedback shows that this method is successful in getting readers to visit the mobile network frequently and making reading for pleasure a daily habit. In addition to commissioning new content, FunDza republishes interesting and inspirational stories provided by other publishers or writers. It is also mentoring aspiring young writers to have their work showcased through the mobile network. 


April 24, 2019 (last update 09-19-2019)