We are a volunteer-led, non-profit Public Benefit Organisation located in Johannesburg, South Africa. We partner with the Diepsloot Combined School (DCS) located in the informal settlement of Diepsloot, an economically disadvantaged informal settlement in Northern Johannesburg. It is home to approximately 250,000-500,000 people many of whom live in shacks without electricity or indoor plumbing. Our mission is to improve English literacy for grade 2 and 3 students at DCS. We also mend school uniforms, do health checks for students and provide support and financial assistance for learners from Diepsloot going on to University. In addition, Edu Fun is evolving to include students from non-fee paying schools in rural, urban and informal settlements outside of Diepsloot to address the varied educational, literacy and material needs of the population.
We utilise the Phono-Graphix method, a straightforward reading and spelling method developed in America. The method educates learners that letters are pictures of sounds, sounds can be represented by more than one letter or combinations of letters and that combinations of letters can also represent multiple sounds. Edu Fun volunteers are invited to attend Phono-Graphix training sessions throughout the year but anyone who is literate in English is encouraged to join us as anytime as a volunteer at DCS! Our work is making an impact! Last year student reading skills improved by 60% and spelling skills by 73%. Teachers at DCS are also trained in the Phono-Graphix method.