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 An unpublished writer in a previously under-published language...

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,...