Funda Mzantsi marks 13 years of championing literacy

Funda Mzantsi Championship -- a collaboration between the Department of Correctional Services (DCS), the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) and George Local Municipality -- is turning 13, with this milestone set to be commemorated from 2 - 6 October in George, Western Cape.

Funda Mzantsi is a prestigious championship that celebrates literacy and fosters a love for reading. For the past 12 years, Funda Mzantsi has been an exciting and educational experience for readers and spectators alike.

A total of 299 inmates, representing all nine provinces, will once again face-off with book clubs from universities, public schools and the community.

Participants are assessed in four categories: impromptu reading, debating, spelling bee and book reviewing.

Imizila Yegazi, Indodana yoNongo, Umandisa, Small Things, Om op eiers te dans, Tshedza tsho tovhowa and Ngaka Mosadi mooka are some of the books prescribed for this year’s championship.

What makes Funda Mzantsi Championship unique is its feature of a direct interplay between book clubs from diverse backgrounds.

The initiative is aimed at enhancing the culture of reading and eradicating illiteracy in South Africa. The involvement of the NLSA ensures that there is harmonisation and proper coordination with other programmes sharing a similar objective.

The programme further equips inmates with the best possible opportunity for a second chance in life, the ability to make better choices and be more discerning citizens.

“It is through reading that we acquire knowledge, learn about different cultures, explore scientific discoveries, and understand the wisdom of the ages. Whether it is reading textbooks for academic excellence or diving into literature to cultivate empathy and creativity, reading is the bridge to a brighter future,” the Department of Correctional Services said in a statement.

Source: South African Government News Agency