Announcing: WritePublishRead

Getting Authors Published to Promote Reading WritePublishRead, a new initiative conceptualised by Via Afrika, is offered in partnership with the NRF and SARChI Research Chair in the field of Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education (NRF Chair in African Languages) and the African Language Association of Southern Africa (ALASA). Only 14% of South Africans read regularly, according to a survey published by the SA Book Development Council last year. A contributing factor to this is that indigenous languages comprise just 1% of the collections in South African libraries. WritePublishRead (WPR) is an initiative that aims to change this. WPR will be assisting aspiring authors to self-publish their works digitally. Through WPR, these authors will be able to write and promote stories that appeal to the people around them. The new authors will of course then want to encourage people to read their books. By creating these ‘reading champions’, works of fiction will be available in the home language of every community.  By promoting the publication of books in all of South Africa’s languages, the project aims to encourage South Africans to read more. With easy access to affordable books in their home language, it’s hoped a momentum will be created that will inspire more people to read and in turn, more people to write. This initiative educates authors to self-publish their fiction in a digital format. The service is offered to any budding writer. The process is easy and completely free. The author can set the price they want their readers to pay. Authors retain the copyright to their work. An unpublished writer in a previously under-published language...

Join us at the South African Book Fair 2017!

It’s here! The literary event of the year is around the corner, and you are invited! Join us at the South African Book Fair 2017 from 8 to 10 September at Museum Africa in Newtown, Johannesburg. There’s a wonderful lineup of events for kids and adults – and Via Afrika will be making some exciting announcements, so be sure to visit our stand. Follow the buzz on social media using #OurStories on Facebook, twitter and Instagram, and be sure to share your own stories too. For a full list of events, click here. See you...

Golden rules for studying success

Studying can be a difficult thing to master. There are all kinds of distractions that we face. Parents, friends, siblings, television, the great outdoors… But studying isn’t something you should fear. In fact, it can become an activity that you really love, as you learn more about the world around you and gain important skills. So where do you even start? Understanding how to study can seem like an overwhelming thing. Which is why we’ve put together Via Afrika’s Golden rules for success – a free, downloadable document with all of the information you need to have a great time studying. Find out your learning style, plan your study time, rule the world. All you have to do is follow the amazing tips in Golden rules for success. Simply click the image below to download it to your device. Feel free to share Golden rules with as many people as you like, and let’s make studying something to look forward to!          ...

Children writing to grow smart 2016

At Via Afrika, we work with educational texts that enable teachers and learners to discover the joys of education. It is our task to team up with the authors, editors, illustrators, book designers, typesetters and printers to craft one person’s vision into a living object that benefits hundreds, even thousands, of others. It has therefore been our privilege to work with Growthpoint, the WCED and the talented young writers from schools across the Western Cape to publish this  anthology of experience and imagination. We were presented with stories that moved or delighted; artwork that showed aptitude and insight; and a passion that invigorated us in our tasks. We are thrilled to unveil the Children writing to grow smart 2016 digital anthology, which can be downloaded for free by simply clicking the cover image below! [Please note that this interactive PDF is best viewed on a desktop computer, using the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader for free,...

Support education now!

We are inviting South Africans to make a difference in education, with our new I Support Education initiative. I Support Education seeks to address two key educational challenges in South Africa: Digital training for teachers, and maths education for learners. Digital education holds enormous potential to catapult the South African basic education system well into the twenty-first century, if teachers themselves are properly trained to use emerging education technology to its full potential in an educationally sound way. Parallel to that, maths education for learners at primary school level is critical not only for individual success, but for the well-being of the country’s growth and economic development. “Every South African values education,” says CEO Christina Watson, “But it’s often difficult to know where to help, or how your donations and contributions are spent. With I Support Education, we wanted to create a way for any South African not only to donate to a teacher’s digital education training or a school’s maths education, but for them to see exactly where and how that money is spent.” Via Afrika’s I Support Education initiative challenges members of the public to get involved in two ways: 1. Support a teacher wanting to undergo digital education training through the Via Afrika Digital Education Academy, or 2. Support an eligible primary school wishing to subscribe to the Via Afrika Tabtor Maths programme. How to support a Teacher The Via Afrika Digital Education Academy (VADEA) provides training courses for teachers to grow their knowledge, skills and confidence in digital technologies and digital education practices. Teachers who have applied and been identified by Via Afrika to participate in VADEA...