Promoting reading and writing in SA communities

2019-04-03 06:02

THE national reading-for-enjoyment campaign, Nal’ibali, is launching a loyalty programme for South Africans committed to making a difference in children’s reading development.

Known as FUNda Sonke, (isiXhosa for “everyone read”), the programme seeks to grow and support the campaign’s network of literacy volunteers, known as FUNda Leaders.

Launched in 2016, the FUNda Leader network brings people into the campaign to encourage children to read and enjoy books and stories. And, while reading regularly brings children many rewards, the FUNda Sonke loyalty programme brings benefits to the adults who make this possible.

Members can earn points by completing online training courses and taking part in monthly literacy challenges. These points can be redeemed for books, airtime and subscriptions to the Nal’ibali multilingual newsprint supplement.

Nal’ibali Managing Director Jade Jacobsohn said: “With 17 000 active FUNda leaders nationwide, the time seemed right to take this campaign to the next level. FUNda Sonke takes all the elements of our successful volunteer programme and rewards South Africans for being the everyday magic that help make our children flourish.”

The FUNda Sonke programme will be activated in a series of pop-up events from April 8 to April 12 in seven provinces. For more information, visit and

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