Facilitator Training

Saturday 20 January 2018, pupils from Xolani SSS and St Matthews High School completed Sifunda Kunye facilitator training at our literacy centre in Keiskammahoek, based at St Matthews High School.

At Sifunda Kunye reading clubs we give exciting opportunity for your child to develop a love of reading and to get support to her/ his literacy learning. It will also contribute success in his/her whole educational career.

Sifunda Kunye Reading club goals:

  • To expose children to many types of storytelling and story-reading in isiXhosa and English
  • Help children to grow to love reading and writing
  • Inspire children to want to read and write for themselves
  • Get children reading and writing

What happens at the reading club?

  • Big group storytelling
  • Games and songs
  • Small groups reading and writing
  • Creative activities

Learner facilitators are chosen by their schools and volunteer.

Learner facilitators train on how to assist young minds at our reading clubs. Through the learner facilitator program, we are enabling learner facilitators to develop leadership, creativity, self-growth, team work, literacy skills.

We have weekly reading club meetings on Saturday mornings during the school term at our literacy centre that is based at St Matthews High school in Keiskammahoek.

In 2017 we started monthly reading clubs at Xolani SSS for the children of Zwelistha at Xolani SSS.

Well done to all our learner facilitators of 2018 for completing training and wishing you well during your journey this year.



Sifunda Kunye Educational Project

Sifunda Kunye reading club facilitators and volunteers from our Reading clubs at Xolani SSS and St Matthews High School celebrated the end of the year. We are looking forward to continue impacting many more through our Reading club initiatives in 2018.


Xolani SSS Prize Giving 2017

On the 18th of September 2017, we celebrated our annual prize giving at our community hall here in Zwelitsha. Congratulations to all the learners that received prizes. Thank you to all that attended our prize giving. A special thank you to all the organisers that contributed to a successful event. Enkosi.

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Partner Schools Conference

On the 15th of August 2017, Sifunda Kunye Educational Project hosted a conference for all partner schools in the King Williams Town District. We had a very productive conference with principals, teachers, SGB members and staff of Sifunda Kunye working together to better impact education in our schools. Sifunda Kunye would like to thank all our partner schools in the King Williams Town District for working together to better impact the life’s of all our learners. Sifunda Kunye partner schools in the King Williams Town District include, Xolani Senior Secondary School, St Matthews High School, Richard Varha Senior Secondary school and Toise Senior Secondary School.


Innovative Writing Camp Empowers Learners

Seventy learners from four area schools explored creativity, learning, and self-expression in an intense writing camp over the weekend. The camp was sponsored and hosted by the Sifunda Kunye Educational Project, a local public benefit organization that has been active in the King Williams Town district since 2008.

Sifunda Kunye invites 10 to 15 learners from each of its partner schools in the King William’s Town District and Grahamstown district participate in these camps. This past weekend, learners from St. Matthew’s, Xolani, Richard Varha, Toise and Hendrik Kanise combined Schools spent an intense 3 days (Friday-Sunday) focusing on a specific theme, completing personal works, and submitting them for peer critique. This session’s theme was “Dreams are made of…” and learners were encouraged to express what dreams and ambitions  means to them in essays, poems, and group discussions and drama. Participants received guidance from a talented group of volunteer facilitators, student leaders, and the Sifunda Kunye staff. Participants submit their work for inclusion into a published student journal at the end of the camp. The journal is a unique opportunity for many to see their work in print.

Learners and teachers are continually impressed with the writing camps. Participants relish the opportunity to engage in an in-depth weekend of imaginative learning. They enjoy improving their language and writing skills in a fun and creative venue outside of the classroom. Teacher’s enjoy witnessing the progress these young writers make over the course of a weekend.

The Sifunda Kunye Literacy Project’s writing camps have been successfully running since they first launched in August 2014. Sifunda Kunye supports literacy and technology programs in Eastern Cape schools.


Xolani SSS monthly community reading clubs 2017


Sifunda Kunye Book Club

Saturday the 4th of March 2017, Sifunda Kunye hosted a book club at Xolani Senior Secondary School, Student volunteers from St Matthews HIgh school in Keiskammahoek, together with student volunteers from Xolani Senior Secondary School spread the love of reading with the community of Zwelitsha, we had story telling, in both English and mother tongue, we had poetry, we learned new words and a song. Overall we had a fun day. Thank you to Sifunda Kunye book clubs, Student volunteers from St Matthews High School and Xolani Senior Secondary School for making this event possible.



Book Club

Xolani Senior Secondary book club members 2017.03.01


Debate Competition

Well done to Xolani Senior Secondary School for achieving third place in a debating competition hosted by the liquor board of South Africa on the 15th of February 2017, the event was hosted at the Steve Biko Center in King Williams Town.


Leadership Summit

During the 2016 holidays, Asisiwe Grade 11 and Kuma Grade 8 attended the BY4Y3 leadership summit in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Our two leader learners was chosen for showing continues leadership during the year. Xolani SSS would like to thank Sifunda Kunye for assisting these learners to attend this life changing summit.


2016 Prize Giving

Xolani SSS had their Annual prize giving at Zwelitsha town hall on the 19th of October 2016. Congratulations to all the award winners.


Sifund Kunye Sports Day 2016

Sifunda Kunye hosted a sportsday on the 15 of October 2016 in Zwelitsha, Eastern Cape. We had a very exciting day with both rugby and netball being played during the morning. Congratulations to Toise High school for winning boys Rugby and Xolani Senior Secondary School for winning the netball. Thank you to Sifunda Kunye for sponsoring the event, and thank you to all the players and teachers for contributing to a successful day.

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Sinokholo Thumani from Xolani SSS in grade 10 has been chosen to represent the Eastern Cape (Border) in golf in George during the school holidays. We are very proud of you, we wish you all the best.


Sleeping Bag Project

Xolani Senior Secondary school would like to thank Sifunda Kunye also known as Calabar foundation for donating 100 sleeping bags and matresses to assist with grade 12 revision camps held every year in prepartion for grade 12 final examinations.


Sifunda Kunye Writing Workshop

Xolani SSS pupils all ready and excited for the Sifunda Kunye writing workshop/Camp this weekend, at Richard Varha School in Dumbaza.


Creative Recycling

Xolani Senior Secondary's Book club hosted a creative recycling competition, using used 2 L bottles. Well done to Amyoli Fani Grade 8 B for winning the mini creative recycling competition, her design of slip slops."


Netball Tournament

Congratulations to our netball team for winning the Steve Biko tournament, that was held on the 16th of September 2016. We are very proud of you. Thank you to Mrs Twane for believing in our team.


Term 2 Achievers

Congratulations to all the top achievers for term 2. We are all proud of you. Keep up the hard work.

Sifunda Kunye Reading & Writing Club

Xolani Senior Secondary schools bookclub members visited Sifunda Kunye Reading and writing club at St Matthews in Keiskammahoek on the 30th of July 2016. We had a lovely time and learned a lot of creative ways to make reading interesting.

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Enke Trabilizer Programme

On the weekend of the 28th of April 2016, Vuyolwethu Mekile was invited by the Enke Trabilizer programme to attend a celebration event in Cape Town on the successful completion of her 9 month Cap project.

The challenge was to start or make changes in their local communities, Vuyolwethu decided to start a library, poetry sessions, and donation of books in her Community. She started a mini library in her home. On Saturdays it became a well-known get together among all ages in her community where she resides.

Vuyolwethu is truly an example of a young lady with passion for literacy, poetry, and making changes in her life and the life’s of others.

Favourite message and quote by Vuyolwethu are “Dreams delayed are not dreams denied.” We wish Vuyolwethu good luck in her final year at Xolani Senior Secondary and wish her all the best for the future, and we are very proud of her as our school.

Xolani SSS Versus Themba Labantu 20 April 2016

Xolani Senior Secondary played rugby against Themba Labantu on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

Well done to all rugby players, for showing good sportsmanship and playing a good match. Xolani won 29 -15. Keep up the good work, and we are very proud of all our players.

Xolani Senior Secondary School first team Rugby
Themba Labantu School first team Rugby

Choir Competition

Xolani SSS Choir made our school very proud by representing our School at the O.R. Tambo hall, although our school didn’t win we did manage to do very well in the choir competition. Well done to all the school that participated.

Leadership Summit

3-8 December 2015

Thirty schools from across the country, over 60 pupils as well as three schools from the USA and one from Zimbabwe attended the BY4Y leadership workshop hosted by Kingswood in Grahamstown from the 3-8 December 2015. The aim was of extending working relationships between pupil leaders over a time span of a year. A mix of independent and state schools represented and in most cases independent school were paired with less resourced schools.

The training was focused on peer to peer leadership issues involving cultural, inter-generational and moral dilemmas that they might face as leaders at schools and beyond school. Some topics covered were restorative justice, conflict resolutions, crisis management, handling diversity and negotiation skills, and focus on value driven leadership as they affect local community level issues and as well as global level issues of climate change, access to services water and food security.

Expert speakers from Rhodes University, Trevor Amos, Ian Knot-Craig, Di Horny, and Department from Higher Education, The British High Commission, DG Murray Trust and many more presented different topics.

The By Youth for Youth initiative has attracted support from the British High Commission and Maggie & David fountain in Canada that funded the 5 day workshop.

I would like to thank Sifunda Kunye for assistance and for giving the learners Vuyolwethu Mekile, Nomzamo Botma and Sifunda Kunye facilitor Jolande Swartz the opportunity to attend the summit, and Kingswood College for the invitation.

“The very essence of leadership is that you have a vision. You can’t blow an uncertain trumpet”.
Theodor Hesburgh
It always seems impossible until it’s done.
Nelson R. Mandela 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013.

2016 Interact Club

Old and new members of Xolani interact club for 2016, all members are part of the Presidents award programme. We are looking forward to have a positive influence in our community through sharing and caring.

Sifunda Kunye Directors Visit 2016

Ali and Andrew directors from Sifunda Kunye visited Xolani Senior Seconday school on the 20th of January 2016. Xolani interact club celebrated Ali's birthday by having a small suprise party. We as interact club would like to thank funders of Sifunda Kunye project, also known as Calabar foundation for taking the time to visit our school and for the ongoing support in our Sifunda Kunye lab and all our projects like the Presidents Awards and book club.

Interact Club Visits Masangwe Primary School

Xolani Interact club visited Masangwe Primary school in Engcobo on the 10th of November, the school has 890 learners, 90% of pupils are orphans. We handed over books, helped them to set out a mini library to start their own library, we read and did poetry. We also wil be working hand in hand with the deputy principal to offer support as they also want to start interact clubs.

Golf Tournament

Sunday 1 November, Sinokholo Thumani, played golf in Cathcart, Eastern Cape and won first place in the junior b-division.

Xolani Senior Secondary prize giving 2015

Xolani Senior Secondary celebrated our Annual prize giving on the 21st of October 2015. Congratulations to all the prize winners, and thank you to everyone that made this day special.

Book Donation

The Presidents Awards donated these books to an Award Participant at Xolani Senior Secondary School, who has started a library at her home to serve her community! Here her Award Leader, Jolande Swartz is receiving the books from TPA Programme Manager, Gwendolyn Johnson and TPA CEO, Lara Kruiskamp.

Xolani Interact club 2015

Xolani interact shared their appreciation to all Fort Hare student teachers that helped at Xolani during term 3. Thank you and good luck for your future,"remember dont be ordinary, be extraordinary". Xolani Interact club 2015

Memorial Service of Mr. Simphiwe Bongobi

Date 23 September 2015
Assemblies of God, Zwelitsha, Time: 10 H00

Presidents Award

Gwen from the Presidents Awards visited Xolani Senior seconday schools interact club and participants for the Presidents Awards on the 18th of September 2015.

Creative Arts Building at St Matthews

Sifunda Kunye Literacy team was very excited to open their creative arts building on the 21st of August 2015.

The space will allow the Literacy team to offer reading and writing clubs, art, drama and performance poetry as supplementary programmes to what learners learn in school.

The space will be used to offer a variety of literacy activities that teachers are unable to cover because of time constraints and demands of the curriculum.

Xolani Senior Secondary pupils and teachers were invited to share in the opening of this wonderful creative arts building. Welcoming, and short stories was very inspiring, we also had the honor of having a few words of encouragement by Mr. Andrew Summers, founder, owner, chairman, director, and board member of Sifunda Kunye.

Xolani Golf Updates

Congratulations to Sinokholo Thumani and team members from the Border development 2015 team for achieving 5th place during a golf tournament held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sinokoholo we are very proud of your achievements. Hard work and dedications does pay off, thank you for making our school proud.

Sifunda Kunye Sports Tournament 8 August

Xolani Senior Secondary Netball team
(Teacher and Coach Mrs Twane)

Sifunda Kunye hosted a sports tournament on the 8th of August 2015, at St Matthews. All 5 schools that are facilitated by Sifunda Kunye attended the sports tournament. The sporting codes were Rugby and Netball. It was definitely an enjoyable tournament. Thank you to Zander Hampson, manager of Sifunda Kunye for organising a successful tournament. Congratulations to Xolani Boys for achieving first place in Rugby and Xolani girls for achieving first place in Netball.

Xolani Interact Club visit to the East London Museum on the 19th of June 2015.

Xolani interact club visited the East London museum, we gained a lot of knowledge, the tour was fun and a memorable experience.

President Awards Bronze Hike 19 to 22nd of June 2015

Xolani interact club pupils successfully completed their Bronze hike on the weekend of the 19th and 22nd of June 2015. We started our walk on Friday the 19th at Nahoon beach in East London walked 10 km. The following morning at 5 am we started our second part of our hike and we walked 14 km on a farm and truly experienced nature first hand. We in total walked 24 km in total, symbolising 24 hours spend doing community service. We learned to trust, support and encourage each other and most of all we learned that team work is important.

We had a lovely and unforgettable time. We would like to thank Sifunda Kunye for sponsoring our weekend, and thank you to The President Awards for empowering all youth that are part of this non-competitive, flexible programme and generally for all support received, being part of the President Awards are truly a life changing experience.

Xolani Senior Secondary School Golf player selected to play for Border development team 2015

Congratulations to Sinokholo Thumani from Xolani Senior Secondary School that were selected to play for the Border Development team that is going to Johannesburg in the June holidays 2015. Sinokholo's achievements over the past few years are Winning the Kei mouth (C-division), Gonubie (B-division), East London (B-division) and Komga junior champs (B-division).

Open: Won PICK and Pay sunset Golf and Won Border Golf Social Challenge.

Handicap: 11

We would like to Congratulate Sinokholo and wish him best of luck for his tournaments during the holidays. Make our school and Border region proud.

Xolani Debating Society


The South African Model UN was first held in 1995 as part of the United Nations' 50th anniversary celebrations. Following the South African conference, a group of delegates accompanied former President Nelson Mandela on his trip to New York for the United Nations' 50th anniversary celebrations.

In 1998 Education Africa took The South Africa Model UN under its wing and has developed it into one of the most credible Model UN programmes in the world. At a provincial level, over 500 South African High Schools participate in Education Africa's Model UN project. The SAMUN is the only truly national Model UN in the world which does not preclude learners from participating due to financial constraints.
Xolani Senior Secondary School is part of this debate and is partnering with Hoerskool De Vos Malan and will be debating around August and we will be debating at The Bisho Legislature on a provisional level.

We would like to congratulate Zubenathi Gquzawe from Grade 10 and Aviwe Sijentu from grade 11 who were chosen to represent Xolani Senior Secondary School at this debate.

By: Aviwe Sijentu

Grade 12 June Examination

Grade 12 2015 started off their June examination in style, with the theme of the grade 12 Jacket and logo being "this is not the end but a mark of success". We would like to wish all the Grade 12 good luck with their mid year examination."

Bhabhani nibe njengo Khozi nibhabhele phezulu!
(Fly Higher like an eagle!)

Sininqwenelela impumelelo nentlantla!!!!
(We wish you all the best and luck!)

Sifunda Kunye Reading and Writing Camp 24-26 April 2015

In line with Calabar Foundation, to ensure literacy attainment towards development of mission education, improved quality and quantity of reading and writing amongst high school learners in the Eastern Cape especially the less privileged schools. Sifunda Kunye Literacy Project (SKLP) organised a 3 day workshop also known as the learner writing camp for 69 participants/ learners from 5 partner schools (grade 8 and 9) on providing a sustainable access to the arts and developing a unique platform of creative expression for young people.

The workshop which took place at Richard Varha High School in Dimbaza from the 24th -26th of April 2015, is part of the efforts of Sifunda Kunye (SK) to develop further the culture of reading and writing amongst children through reading and writing activities and to develop creativity and initiative in high school learners with a sense of outreach to their communities.

The process of the workshops engaged the service of three (3) SK facilitators and four (4) facilitators from outside on voluntary basis, as lead facilitators, who made the various sessions of the training workshops interesting, interactive, educative and participatory.

The theme introduced during the process in no little cut across the issues on freedom and how young people view it, as well as responsibilities that come with it. Also defining young people's role around Xenophobia in their communities as well as in South Africa as a whole. At the end participants were made to demonstrate how and what freedom meant to them. To show their responsibilities in building a successful and economically stable country. Some chose to write it up on poems, some created fictional stories that tackled real life issues and some acted it out on drama performances.

Science students outing

by Ngetu Luxolo Grade 10

First of all we would like to thank Sifunda Kunye for funding us as Xolani Students so that we may get the chance to go to the Science festival in Grahamstown. We as science students had a wonderful time and we learned a lot about science, we learned things we never knew, things that are interesting like periodic table, how elements form bonds with their electrons in the outer mas shell, we learnt how to use a microscope and we even used a portable microscope for the first time. We also learnt about how planet earth was formed and how the sun was formed 4.5billion years ago. Last but not least we learned about the speed of light and we even made our own plant cells for the first time ever. It was truly a great experience and really benefited through this outing.

Old Mutual Gold Award

Congratulations Xolani Senior Secondary School has been awarded a Gold prize of R7 500.00 by Old Mutual Education Flagship Project for the substantial improvement in Grade 12 Results in 2014.

This reward has been made in consultation with the Old Mutual Service Partners and the District Office of EC DoE. In 2014 Old Mutual has supported Xolani SSS with SEED leadership Development and Winning Teams Support to improve Math’s and Science Grade 12 results.

Thank you to Old Mutual and Mr D. Matta, Programme Manager of King Williams Town Old Mutual.

Radio Interview with TruFM

Xolani Senior Secondary and ZK Matthews had a live radio interview at TruFm, one of our local radio stations on Friday the 13th of March 2015, at 11 am, pupils spoke about Sifunda Kunye journal launch that would be taking place on the 27th of March 2015, at St Matthews. The excitement was high, and the pupils had a wonderful time. I was very proud of all the students and blessed to be part of this event. I would like all students to remember “if you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way.- Napoleon Hill” Congratulations and well done to Sifunda Kunye Literacy team and all pupils involved in the launch.

Interactive Club 2015

On the 22nd of January 2015 interactive club was formed at our School. We are seven five girls and two boys. Interactive club is all about giving and sharing. We deal with children and adults who are experiencing or who are in bad situations for example Aids awareness, taking care of our elderly and in general sharing and caring through community service. We have writers, poet’s even performers. We advise many people who needs advice and most of all we help them.

In this club we believe everything is possible with God and it feels good when we help others. Our motto is “Service above Self.” Through words we comfort others, we advise them take good decisions in their lives.

We entered for the president’s awards. Mr Brad Maili visited us once we did a little presentation for him and we told him more about our club. We are entering for the bronze award and we are looking forward to complete the activities. We are ready and steady because it’s part of our dreams to experience new things in our lives. Our leader is Mrs Jolande Swartz the best tutor and the leader that anybody could ask for. She is the reason for us to be confident to follow our dreams the president’s awards also allows us to follow our hearts and dreams and to fulfill them fully.

Interactive club is the legacy for all the dreamers and all the believers and for those who want to follow their talents. If we can make it as our club and as one, you too out there could make it big in your own lives. Interactive club is helping our members to be really us.

By:Vuyolwethu Mekile Grade 11

Sifunda Kunye sport tournament

We at Xolani want to thank all the organizers, for the wonderful sport tournament we had on the 7th of March 2015.

Sport tournament started early around 8 on Saturday, sports played during the day was Girls soccer, Boys soccer, and netball. There was also a spirit cup that was up for grabs. Xolani Interact club member volunteered their time to assist with different task during the day, for example food preparation, first aid, keeping scores, and all other tasks that required extra hands.

Our day at Sifunda Kunye sport tournament was a day to remember, with Xolani S.S School taking first place in Netball and Boys Soccer, Xolani even got the trophy for the school with best spirit. It was a wonderful successful day all around, and pupils commented that they were looking forward for the next Sport tournament in term 3.

By Vuyolwethu Mekile Grade 11 A

Xolani Girls Soccer Breakfast Sifunda Kunye Trophy’s 2015
Zander Hampson our organizer and manager of Sifunda Kunye RV from Dumbaza Boys Soccer
Ladies assisting with breakfast and lunch Zander from Sifunda Kunye and Hardus making “potjie kos” Xolani Boys soccer
Lunch is served Cooked lunch is served

The Bugle

Xolani S.S School Interact club appeared in the King William's Town newspaper The Bugle on Friday the 20th of February 2015.

Xolani S.S. School Interact club sharing and caring about the elderly

Xolani S.S. School Interacact club based in Zwelistha shared the love on Friday the 13th of February 2015, by fundraising through selling roses and cupcakes at our school. Our aim for the fundraiser was aimed to share the love with Vukani Old Age Centre and spoiling all the elderly with cupcakes, song, poems and drinks.

The 6 pupils from Xolani S.S.School and Jolandé Swartz from Sifunda Kunye started the club at the beginning of 2015. Our motto for our club are “service above self” Jolandé Swartz and the principal Mr. Mkalali together with Xolani S.S.School interact club had a lovely time remembering the elderly of our community and thanking them through a small token of love. The elderly at Vukani Old Age Centre in Zwelitwa really enjoyed the company of our pupils and was really surprised and happy that Xolani Interact club thought of them and showed such an act of kindness.
Jolande Swartz (Sifunda Kunye), Mr Mkalali (Xolani Principal), members of interact club, and elderly ladies from Vukani Old Age centre Sharing and Caring Xolani Interact Club and elderly ladies at Vukani old age Centre

President's Award

Brett Malila, programme Manger for the Presidents Awards, visited Xolani on the 5th of February 2015. Mr Malila, together with the Sifunda Kunye manager, introduced the President’s Award to Xolani’s principal Mr Mkalali. Mr Mkalali is really excited to join the President’s Award to help empower our youth. Xolani Senior Secondary Schools Interact club did a short skills presentation through using poetry to welcome Brett and Zander. Xolani’s Interact club would form part of the President’s award.

What is the President’s award all about?

The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment is part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. It is an exciting personal challenge for young people between the ages of 14 and 24. It started in the United Kingdom in 1956 and was first available in South Africa in 1983. There are over 14.300 active participants in the country from school, prisons, community youth groups and children’s homes. German educationalist Kurt Hahn, who conceptualized the Award programme, said: “When the mind is stretched by new experiences it can never return to its former dimensions. “The Award is about stretching YOU(TH)."


Pupils from Grade 8 - Grade 11 took part in athletics on the 4th of February 2015, against 7 other schools, 30 of our learners where chosen to take part against De Voss Malan. We would like to congratulate all participants for their outstanding performances.

School Bags

All the learners and staff from Xolani Senior Secondary school would like to thank the Eastern Cape Education Department for all our new school bags received.