Cape Town Festival by Sanga Mabulu Sifunda Kunye Facilitator


Cape Town back yard arts festival.

Sifunda Kunye employee Sanga Mabulu attended a workshop in Cape Town 8 to 14 February 2022.

The concept of the backyard art/drama is an important concept as it showcased that talent can be showcased anytime at any location.

About theater in the backyard festival
Theater in the backyard mobile festival was held in Gugulethu, Cape Town. In this festival independent production were held in people’s backyard. This create an immersive artistic experience for audiences and performers. As Mhlanguli George (artistic Director) vision is to bring the art to the people. By staging productions in the township area to create accessibility.

Sanga quote was that she has gained valuable knowledge that will assist her very own drama club at St Matthews in Keiskammahoek.


Sifunda Kunye Reading club 2022

Our reading club was back ready and very excited to welcome back all our readers to our Sifunda Kunye reading club on the 29th January 2022. We had a full has and had a good time reconnecting with our readers and introduction our new facilitators for 2022.

Our facilitators for our Sifunda Kunye community reading club is:

  1. Nyala siyamthanda
  2. Mbere Sinobom
  3. James lupho

4.majola linovuyo

  1. Lunguza Sakhanya
  2. Gqokoma Emihle
  3. Sauli Anam
  4. Madasa phawu
  5. Mali yonwaba
  6. Rashalala linamandla
  7. Klaas Lisakhanya
  8. Tshoni Elam


We are looking forward to a productive, fun reading clubs in 2022.


Sifunda Kunye literacy center security

13 December 2021

Sifunda Kunye project manager Zander Hampson together with Wesley and a small team installed a wi-fi camera security system at our Sifunda Kunye Literacy center this weekend.

The security system was fully funded by Sifunda Kunye Educational project.

This security will definitely increase security at our center.

Sifunda Kunye would like to thank everyone that worked hard to complete this project over this past weekend.

Sifunda Kunye writing competition 2021


29 November 2021

Sifunda Kunye Literacy project hosts annual writing camps for our partner schools but due to COVID we were unable to host our annual writing camp.

However, Sifunda Kunye launched an writing competition for our partner schools, together with our newsletter clubs and English faculty members at our schools our competition was successfully run.

Competition details was to write a short story themed “Where there is a will there is a way”

Top achievers from our partner schools were from St Matthews High School and Hendrik Kanise combined school.

Our 2021 writing competition winner was Natasha from St Matthews High School in Keiskammahoek.

Congratulations to all learners that wrote in to our competition, keep on exploring your creative side.

History of Sifunda Kunye Writing Camp:

Innovative Writing Camp Empowers Learners

Eighty learners from four area schools explored creativity, learning, and self-expression in an intense writing camp over the weekend.  The camp was sponsored and hosted by the Sifunda Kunye Educational Project, a local public benefit organization that has been active in the King Williams Town district since 2008.

Sifunda Kunye invites 10 to 15 learners from each of its partner schools in the King William’s Town District and Grahamstown district participate in these camps.  This past weekend, learners from St. Matthew’s, Xolani, Richard Varha, Toise and Hendrik Kanise combined Schools spent an intense 3 days (Friday-Sunday) focusing on a specific theme, completing personal works, and submitting them for peer critique.  This session’s theme was “Dreams are made of…” and learners were encouraged to express what dreams and ambitions  means to them in essays, poems, and group discussions and drama. Participants received guidance from a talented group of volunteer facilitators, student leaders, and the Sifunda Kunye staff.  .” Participants submit their work for inclusion into a published student journal at the end of the camp.  The journal is a unique opportunity for many to see their work in print.

Learners and teachers are continually impressed with the writing camps.  Participants relish the opportunity to engage in an in-depth weekend of imaginative learning.  They enjoy improving their language and writing skills in a fun and creative venue outside of the classroom.  Teacher’s enjoy witnessing the progress these young writers make over the course of a weekend.

The Sifunda Kunye Literacy Project’s writing camps have been successfully running since they first launched in August 2014.  Sifunda Kunye is a non-profit that relies on donations and grants to support its literacy and technology programs in Eastern Cape schools


Sifunda Kunye Literacy center prize giving/end year function 2021

13 November 2021

We celebrated the completion of our annual facilitators program with a prize giving and a BBQ. The learners and faculty had loads of fun.

Sifunda Kunye is proud of all our hardworking facilitators that dedicated their time every Saturday at our literacy center.

Sifunda Kunye wants to thank Mr Kirben Rajopaul and Mr Dustin Hoffman from  Premier FMCG/Star bakery for recognizing our learners hard work.

Thank you for making the facilitators feel extra special by donating; lunch boxes, stationary, buffs, bread, caps and bags to all our facilitators. Sifunda Kunye, St Matthews High School and all our facilitators appreciate the donation received.

The mission of Sifunda Kunye Education Project is to have a positive impact on education and the individual lives of learners of all ages through the implementation of technology programs, literacy programs, and capital projects at deserving schools across South Africa.

We would like to thank our 2021 facilitators for positively impacting the lives of all ages through dedication and commitment to your role you play at our literacy center every weekend.

We wish all our facilitators, faculty, staff, donors and learners a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2022.




Sifunda Kunye Reading Club facilitators 2021


What is reading clubs?

It’s a relaxed environment that is more like home than school. Nobody is forced to come – it’s something you choose to do. It’s a place where people who love stories and books meet regularly to read, tell stories and talk about what they are reading with children of all ages. Sometimes they also do other fun activities related to stories and books.  often there’s time for club members to write too… because reading and writing go together. All of these things can happen in any language – in fact, most of the clubs tell and read stories in at least two languages!

Sifunda Kunye reading clubs:

Sifunda Kunye reading clubs run on a specific guided program. (guided line program to assist with planning for reading club is attached below)

Sifunda Kunye has integrated recording sheets to reading clubs that records information for use by facilitators, teachers and Sifunda Kunye program manager to assess progress of all aspects of the clubs.

We included:

Planning guidelines of program, (you can edit to suite your time line etc.)

Evaluation of student facilitators

This assist in gathering of information to assist faculty and Sifunda Kunye to sculpt and improve facilitators in their roles. Assistance for recognising outstanding facilitators and then ultimately reward though the title of facilitator of the year.

Attendance register

Comment on reading club learners. Shows improvements, outstanding excellent achievement by learners or even identification of learners showing difficulties of specific literacy areas.

Creative activities collected and send home to show parents learners progress and activities in reading clubs.

Recording measures will also identify possible challenges and improvements, positive impact of reading clubs.

The outcome should always be to improve and to ensure good quality impactful reading clubs.

Simamkele Sityo,- reading club facilitator at St Matthews High School.

The Sifunda Kunye Program helped me to improve my skills and abilities to learn how to read and socialize with children from different backgrounds;  help improve their lives through reading, writing books , kindness and creativity. Every Saturday is way to impact lives. Throughout Art, Reading, Writing poems, Playing games, Singing, Dancing, we impact lives and create skills that is lasting. Personally I feel Sifunda Kunye reading Club genuinely means building confidence , making friends and having a lot of fun in the process. I enjoy being around each and every child and showing them the amazing world of Reading and Writing and showcasing their skills and talents. I know now by reading you can see the world in a different perspective. I believe that every person was born with intelligence and talent so this Club gives us a lot of opportunities learn and improve the lives of our school and community.

Philasande kama – Reading club facilitator at St Matthews High School.

I am currently doing grade 11 learner at St Matthew’s high school . I am a reading club facilitator for sifunda kunye  community reading club.
Since I was chosen as a reading club facilitator, I have grown to love  reading more, I have learnt patience. I love working with the little readers. working with children has played a huge role in my confidence, personality and the way I see things . I am now enthusiastic in everything I do. The idea of working and being part of a planned reading club makes me excited to engage children with exciting games and techniques that improves communication skills and makes the learners excited and more engaging every week.

Being part of this reading club this year will have a lasting effect on the way I see thing in life—adapting to different situations to accommodate needs is important.  I will forever remember the small contribution I made in benefiting our community kids through literacy.

Lisakhanya Zono—Reading club facilitator St Matthews High School.

I am currently in grade 11 at St Matthew’s High School . I am a reading club facilitator for the Sifunda Kunye community reading club .

Since I was chosen as a reading club facilitator I have grown to love reading , grown to be patient , enthusiastic in everything that I do . Working with children has played a huge role in my confidence , personality and the way I see things .

The reading club will help me in  future career as a social worker.  Requirement of being  a good social worker one requires one to be a good communicator , to be empathetic and be patient.  The reading club is grooming me into the a more successful person so I can pursue my passion.

My long term goal is to start a  organization that deals directly with children, mothers and women from abusive backgrounds.

Kuhle Bongco—Reading club Facilitator St Matthews High School

I am a grade 11 learner who was chosen to be the facilitator at St Matthew’s high school. Being in the reading club is a very big deal for me,  I like to work with children and i enjoy to being around them. The reading club has helped me to improved my self-confidence, I used to be very shy, but now I am talkative and a go getter. Working with the children and providing a feel safe environment to improve their literacy and creative skills have been a blessing.

Sifunda Kunye reading club has help my chose my future  career.  I want to be a  foundation phase teacher and impact young lives I a positive way . Skills I have learned this year, I would be able to apply and encourage literacy in a creative way, the importance of introduction the love of reading at a early age is vital.

Likhona Nobathana— Reading club facilitator at St Matthews High School.

I am a grade 11 learner at the St.Matthews Anglican High school, I’m from Alice and I’m 17 years old. I was chosen as a Reading facilitator.

I’m an introvert, I prefer small groups than large groups. Working with young children made me confident in accepting my own personality. I enjoy to spend time with children younger than me.

In Sifunda Kunye Community Reading club family I’ve learned a lot.  Things I have learned this year, a child learns best by being involved in learning, i learned that one mind, can sharpen many minds, i learned to be excited and not be afraid of new things, to be curious and Express yourself sincerely. To have a good heart and love.
I love being around children they’re are honest and refreshing and i love teaching them new things. Children are not afraid to express how they feel.
Being  a facilitator helped  me to offer support, and not to judge people from different backgrounds and to give advice when needed.  I will always love, adore and support our younger generations.

Amkele Manundu—Reading club facilitator at St Matthews High School.

I am a grade11 learner who was also chosen to be the Reading club facilitator at St Matthew’s High School. I am 16 years old and an introvert, always liked to be around children.

In the Sifunda kunye Community Reading club I have learned how to communicate with children and to improve my reading skills aswell. I think, whoever came up with the idea of having a reading club at our school was a genius, because the club allows the children to come out of their comfort zone, that allows us as facilitators to be patient when around the children because children learn at their own pace. Children get  bored very easy, they are impatient, that is why I think the fun activities that are being done at the reading club are good for them so that they don’t focus on anything else expect reading in a interactive way.

I know this experience will help me a lot in my career one day, the  skills one acquired from the reading club are huge. Skills learned so far is how to communicate well with others, I learn how to conduct yourself in front of others and that is exactly the skills I need to succeed in my career. Everything in the reading club is what I had hoped for and I wouldn’t change a thing about it.

Siyolisiwe Kameni  — Reading club facilitator at St Matthews High School.

I am 16 years old doing grade 11 at St Matthew’s High school in Keiskammahoek.

I am a people’s person, I’m one of the Sifunda Kunye’s Facilitators and I am very grateful to be a facilitator, I love being around children,  I admire children’s endless energy, honesty, creativity and resilience. Children motivate me to be a better person and increase my own knowledge with all the curios questions they ask. I constantly find myself looking for answers in books and online. Children helped me gain confidence and grow an identity, knowing that my job is to help children achieve their potential , feel happier, safe  and a increased confidence in themselves, brings a huge smile to my face!

Kamva Ntlebi  – Reading club facilitator at St Matthews High School.

I am currently in grade 11 at St Mathews High School . I am 18 years. I love reading club as reading is one of my hobbies .
The Sifunda Kunye  Community Reading club I have learned that caring for one another and being helpful to someone else is very important.

I love being around children, being around children brings out my inner child.

I have learned that we must treat each other with love and respect, no matter from what background we come. I love that the club has increased my patience.


Annual prize giving 2021

Our annual prize giving was an memorable event this year, we celebrated all our top achievers and ended our service with a special prayer service for our grade 12 learners.

We would like to thank Sanga from Sifunda Kunye and Sifunda Kunye drama learners for making this event spectacular.

Beautiful drama lesson by Sanga from Sifunda Kunye


During women’s month it is important to be strong, hardworking, be an inspiration to yourself and others. Reach for the stars.

A dance and movement – when words cannot express our inner emotions.


Natasha Mpondo – Sifunda Kunye newsletter club


Nathasa Mpondo is part of our Sifunda Kunye newsletter club, she is an inspiring writer and  always encourages our learners at assembly  and events. She is courage and hard working. Thank you for being part of our newsletter team.

Siyanda Quma inspiring artist


The inspiring story of Siyada Quma.

Siyanda Quma what an inspiring artist.

Siyanda has a natural talent, through had work and dedication and the believe “pursue your dreams’’ he has inspired many at St Matthews High School. Sifunda Kunye educational project facilitator Sanga Mabulu that is full time at St Matthews has guided and encouraged this young man.

Siyanda is an artist striving for success, his raw talent is pleasant. Siyanda has a talent as a artist and expresses himself though is drawings.

He hopes his art will take him places. Siyanda is quiet and pleasant person, and he hopes his art will speak to many.

If you look at art though drawings, the feeling of escaping reality and receiving a message though the eyes of the artist.

Siyanda decided to share one of his drawings with us, which is based on colorism.

The artist said, ” The drawing is based on the disease of vitiligo and it has a black person that has this disease , but I want to express it based on colorism. We’re basically talking about colorist painting characterized using intense color which becomes the dominant feature of the resultant work of art, more important than its other qualities. ”

Many that learnt from Siyanda’s paintings said about the story behind the drawing was that art can be expressed in different types of ways which seems to be interesting and so cliché in a way.  Art is art and it is meant to be expressed. Well done to Siyanda for inspiring us all by showing how talented our pupils are any child can be so talented in a miraculous way.


Let us actualize our aspirations, let’s follow and pursue our dreams.