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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

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Creating training courses that incorporate modern teaching methodologies, model good classroom practice, and provide for classroom monitoring and support.

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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.

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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 | 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.

Our Team

Masennya Dikotla

Chief Executive Officer

Grace Raselingwane

Administration Officer

Gugulethu Ncube

IT Officer

Jenny Katz

Research and Development Manager

Mirna Lawrence

Materials Developer

Ntiyiso Ngobeni

Finance Officer

Precious Khoza

HR Officer

Simangele Bidlana


Highlights and Achivements


1. UNESCO’s Confucius International Literacy Prize

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.

2. Reading Association of Uganda (RAU)

3. South African Institute for Distance Education (Saide)

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