Study in Cuba

In 2006 several senior members of the Masifundisane team visited Cuba and spent two weeks in that country. They discussed issues with a wide spectrum of people, conversed with every literacy stakeholder available and generally sought insights from people who had promoted literacy in Cuba from the grassroots up. The team returned fired with enthusiasm.

Planned community involvement

The basic approach to implementation of the programme was planned in such a way that it was driven by impoverished local communities themselves. It did not depend fundamentally on external resources because it was thought by the government funded Masifundisane team that these agencies might not address community needs adequately.


Information with which to comprise the report was gained by the writer’s use of the following methods: participation in several aspects of the programme during the period mid- 2006 to early 2008, facilitating training, observation of activities, formal meetings, interviews with senior personnel and field staff, gathering related anecdotes, attendance at graduation and documentary study.


For some years an adult literacy programme called Masifundisane (Zulu: ‘teach one; teach all’, or ‘teach each other.’) operated in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, under the provincial Department of Education. It was directed by Mrs Cynthia Mpati. While it operated it held out great hope for the most impoverished citizens to better their lives and achieve greater dignity. Many of the elderly people who engaged with it had seen their opportunities for a sound education evaporate during the apartheid era.

Community empowerment through enhanced literacy: Masifundisane

Community empowerment through enhanced literacy: Masifundisane (Zulu: ‘teach one; teach all’, or ‘teach each other’) - A project implemented in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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