Join us in our mission to change the world as we move towards a literate Africa

Welcome to Molteno

We are a non-profit language and literacy organisation on a mission to change our world by developing literacy through teaching and learning materials, as well as providing institutional training and class-room mentoring to developing communities in Africa.

Impacts of Vula Bula* Readers on the Literacy Skills of Learners Highlights of preliminary findings from a two-year study in 4 provinces of South Africa
Creating training courses that incorporate modern teaching methodologies, model good classroom practice, and provide for classroom monitoring and support.
Teaching a Language and Literacy Course at NQF Level 1 (UNISA Certificate Programme) that provides theory, practical ideas and background reading, for Early Childhood and primary school teachers.


Vula Bula

The Vula Bula African language graded reading series offers carefully structured graded texts for early, emergent, and fluent readers, in the form of beautif...

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Breakthrough to Literacy (BTL)

Breakthrough to Literacy (BTL) is a mother-tongue literacy course for the first three years of schooling that incorporates learner-centred and language exper...

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Bridge to English (BTE)

Bridge to English (BTE) was developed as a comprehensive English First Additional Language course intended to build on to the African language mother-tongue ...

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Bridges to the Future Initiative (BFI)

Bridges to the Future Initiative, South Africa (BFI-SA2) is an initiative that focuses on the use of multimedia applications to promote reading in South Afri...

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About Us

Why literacy?

The power of literacy lies in the enhanced capacity of people to make informed, rational and effective life choices. Research shows that literate people have a higher possibility of improved living standards; this means better self-esteem, better health, better job opportunities, higher wages and higher rates of success in achieving a comfortable standard of living for themselves and their families. It is evident that this has positive spin-offs for both community and country.

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Eastern Cape: Port Elizabeth | Zenex Foundation

Zenex Literacy Project

This project is in the Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth district catering for 6 schools. Focus is on isiXhosa Home Language and English First Additional (EFAL) curriculum content and pedagogy in Foundation Phase (FP) grades 1-3.

Limpopo: Capricorn District | US Embassy

US Embassy English Project

The Access programme is one of the longest and largest US Embassy funded programmes throughout the world though it is the first in Limpopo. English First Additional Language (EFAL) programmes in two schools in Limpopo Capricorn District namely Mabokelele Primary School and at Molautsi High School.

Limpopo: Capricorn District | UNESCO


The project is operating in Limpopo Capricorn District Zebediela at Mogologolo Primary School. Learning Literacy: Sepedi and English using the tablet.

Limpopo: Capricorn District | Roger Federer Foundation

Roger Federer Foundation Project

Capacitating Foundation Phase Grade 1-3 teachers in Mathematics and EFAL curriculum content and pedagogy. The project is in Bahlaloga, Koloti and Kgakotlou (Cohort 1) circuits and Maune, Maraba.

Limpopo: Vhembe District | Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund SEVISSA Project

The project is operating in 2 villages, namely Madodonga and Tshisaulu, in the Vhembe district of Limpopo. Capacitate teachers in Maths and English First Additional Language (EFAL) in Grades 5 and 8

Free State: Fezile Dabi and Lejweleputswa Districts | FNB Tshikululu Social Investment

First Rand Trust/Tshikululu

The project is operating in the Free State in two districts, viz. Fezile Dabi and Lejweleputswa, each district with 10 schools. The focus is to capacitate Foundation Grades 1 -3 and Intermediate Phase Grades 4-6 teachers in Sesotho, English First Additional Language and Mathematics in curriculum content and pedagogical knowledge.

Our Team

Simangele Bidlana


Precious Khoza

HR Officer

Ntiyiso Ngobeni

Finance Officer

Mirna Lawrence

Materials Developer

Masennya Dikotla

Chief Executive Officer

Jenny Katz

Research and Development Manager

Gugulethu Ncube

IT Officer

Grace Raselingwane

Administration Officer

Highlights and Achivements


1. UNESCO’s Confucius International Literacy Prize

2. Reading Association of Uganda (RAU)

3. South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide)

South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide) During 2014, Molteno collaborated with SAIDE to develop and produce ten new stories for young readers in isiZulu, Sepedi and Kiswahili. These stories are featured on the African Storybook Project website. It is hoped that some of these stories will be adapted for inclusion in Molteno’s future development of Vula Bula Grade 2 readers. Molteno also played a prominent role in facilitating a story development workshop at the European Union/African Storybook Symposium held in June 2014.

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