Funda Wande

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Funda Wande is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2017 and headquartered in Cape Town, South Africa.

Key information

Intended impact: Funda Wande has the goal of "ensuring all students in South Africa can read for meaning and calculate with confidence in their home language by the age of 10."[1]

Countries/areas where the organization is active: South Africa



Organization leader(s): Nic Spaull, Executive Director. (Accurate as of July 2021).

Partner/funder organizations: The Allan Gray Orbis Foundation Endowment, The Volkswagen Community Trust, and the Millennium Trust.

Theory of change and its relation to education systems

Funda Wande is focused on creating, testing, and implementing interventions that will allow all children to read for meaning and calculate with confidence by age 10 by 2030 in South Africa. Currently, South Africa is unique in that 78% of children do not learn to read for meaning in their first three years of school.[2] Funda Wande has two main goals: (1) All South African children can read for meaning and calculate with confidence by the end of grade 3 and (2) All grade R-3 teachers are well-equipped to teach children how to read and calculate by 2023.

To accomplish this, Funda Wande creates high-quality materials, experiments with different teacher training approaches, and independently evaluates all of their work. Their trainings and materials are created in multiple languages and are open-access, meaning anyone, including teachers in South Africa, can download and use them.

All of their curriculum is evidence-based, independently-evaluated, policy-aligned, and cost-effective. With leadership from their founder, Nic Spaull, Funda Wande utilizes a problem-solving strategy similar to Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation (PDIA) which allows the organization to break down problems to their "root causes, identify entry points, search for possible solutions, take action, reflect upon what is learned, adapt and then act again."[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Samji, Salimah; Kapoor, Mansi. "Funda Wande through the lens of PDIA: Showcasing a flexible and iterative learning approach to improving educational outcomes." Forthcoming.
  2. "Our Vision". Funda Wande. Retrieved 2021-08-03.