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.
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 | 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
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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer
Research and Development Manager
Highlights and Achivements
UNESCO’s Confucius International Literacy Prize In July 2014, Molteno was invited to apply for UNESCO’s Confucius International Literacy Prize under the theme Literacy and Sustainable Development. The prize recognizes the efforts of outstanding individuals and organisations from different sectors such as government and NGOs who provide literacy programmes to adults and out-of-school youth, particularly young women, in rural areas. In conjunction with our international partner, the International Literacy Institute affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Molteno submitted a proposal on our Bridges to the Future Initiative (BFI) programme. From a total of 67 applicants, Molteno was announced as one of the winners and was invited to Bangladesh and China respectively to receive and celebrate the UNESCO Confucius Literacy Prize. The prize is sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education, and it includes monetary award as well as a certificate and Confucius’ statue.
Reading Association of Uganda (RAU) almost a decade since Molteno last worked outside South Africa, we were approached by the Chairperson of International Development in Africa to facilitate a workshop for 40 teachers on early grade literacy in Kampala, Uganda, as hosted by the Reading Association of Uganda (RAU) and as part of their 2014 annual book week festival. The workshop aimed at equipping teachers with classroom strategies for teaching literacy in an African UPE environment. One of Molteno’s senior trainers travelled to Kampala to conduct the workshop sans compensation in the spirit of sharing knowledge and good literacy practice. RAU, the teachers’ union and the teachers who benefited from the workshop provided assurance that Molteno would be their service provider of choice for future teacher development in Uganda.
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.