Khanyakhaya Introduction


Khanyakhaya is a loose transliteration of "lighthouse"; and the organization's main objectives are to assist communities in the rural Wild Coast with integrating technology and first world education standards with respect to preservation of their own culture, and to establish a Montessori Pre-School and a Volunteer Mentor-Ring network to assist with computer orientation.

The Montessori school will provide:

  • subscription-based and free (sponsored) pre-primary education,
  • instill a love for learning in young children during their foundational years through the famously successful method pioneered by Dr. Maria Montessori,
  • an environment conducive to trust and respect
  • educational and vocational support;
  • nutritional supplementation for the pupils,
  • while the Mentor-Ring operation aims to achieve:

    (b) The organisation's secondary objectives will be to achieve relief of stress existing because of the cultural differences in our country though:

  • iCebo Early Childhood Development Centre - Mngcibe - Mdumbi River - Wild Coast

    iCebo  is an organization that is working towards the upliftment of one of the poorest communities in South Africa.

    Our organisation was established during April 2012 and registered as a Non-Profit Organisation on 4 December 2012. We aim to develop a model pre-school, community library, after-care centre and various other community based projects to assist in the general wellbeing and upliftment of the local community.
    Our preschool opened its doors on 1 August 2013.  At present we are based in a small mud, "borrowed" from a comunity member.  This means we only have one small “classroom” for 30 odd preschoolers and we are expecting enrolements for 40-50 children for 2013.  At present we are renovating and repairing our very own school buildings and hope to be ready by the start of the first term 2014.

    iCebo Early Childhood Development Centre is based in the isolated, rural and under developed coastal village of Mngcibe, Wild Coast (former Transkei), Eastern Cape which falls under the Nyandeni District. The impoverished local community has no access to basic services as the municipal infrastructure in the area is just about non-existent. There is no electricity, no proper sanitation facilities and municipal water supply (which was only implemented in 2012) is seldom in operation and rarely safe for human consumption. The nearest clinic is a 2-3 hour walk away and the closest hospital is 40km away and only accessible by 4x4.

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    Volunteer on the Wild Coast

    • Posted on: 27 August 2010
    • By: JB

    We are appealing to enthusiastic volunteers to assist rural schools and promote literacy, computer skills, extramural activities, arts and sports development.

    Experience the magic of Africa and play a vital role in education and bridging the digital divide, while exploring and integrating with the ancient local customs and culture of the Xhosa people.

    The Mentoring Volunteer Project is based on the Wild Coast, and works with junior secondary schools located in and around Hole in the Wall and nearby Coffee Bay.

    Please see: Mentor-ring Volunteer Project for more info.

    You may also be interested in these other Wild Coast Volunteer projects:

    Xhosa Words & Phrasebook

    Xhosa Phrasebook

    You can download this handy printable 9-page Xhosa phrasebook here:

    The booklet contains the following hints on pronunciation, commonly used phrases, and useful English to Xhosa word translations:

    Also see the NEW: Xhosa Live Dictionary  Best online Xhosa - English dictionary. Translates individual words from/to English or Xhosa.

    Pronunciation guide




    like a in hard


    like e in red


    like ee in seen


    like a in all


    like oo in moon


    d, f, h, j, l, m, n

    Pronounced as in English

    s, sh, v, w, y, z

    Pronounced as in English


    Similar in sound to hl (see below)


    always like g in go


    Place your tongue to the side of your mouth and expel the air (like Welsh ll sound)


    A hissing sound made by placing your tongue just above your teeth and ejecting air.


    similar to dge in judge


    similar to dge in judge


    pronounced like "ch" in Reich

    Common diphthongs



    Place your tongue at the back of the teeth and suck in, like when expressing annoyance.


    Place your tongue on the roof of the mouth and suck in, like imitating a clock's ticking.


    Place your tongue on your upper right jaw and pull it down, as if urging on a horse.

    Xhosa Dictionaries and Resources


    NEW: Xhosa Live Dictionary  Best online Xhosa - English dictionary. Translates individual words from/to English or Xhosa.

    Xhosa Translator For translating whole sentences. Doesn't work well with individual words.

    English/Xhosa/English Dictionary Large database and easy to use search engine. No grammatical explanations, and some entries are inaccurate. Better suited for Xhosa speakers learning English, as many entries contain one English word with long Xhosa descriptions.

    Webster's Online Dictionary A list of Xhosa words (and some random phrases) that have been translated from English. Not very extensive. And these resources:

    iKhamanga Cultural Village

    Contact: Mandisa Cell: 084 5925498 iKhamanga cultural village is run by the local Xhosa community of Qolora Mouth. Guests sleep in several large communal rondavels (traditional mud and thatch houses) that can accommodate up to 40 people. Smaller rondavels are available for teachers or group leaders. All meals are provided by the local community who cook traditional food in large cast iron potjie pots. Visitors can learn all about Xhosa culture and join in with the locals in song and dance. A visit from a trained herbalist in full traditional dress can also be arranged. iKhamanga is ideal for school groups and large hiking parties.

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    Volunteer Africa 32˚ South

    • Posted on: 12 November 2008
    • By: JB

    Really making a difference!

    Come and enjoy some time on the Wild Coast and help our kids with computer literacy, eco-schools (environment) projects, sport and other extra-curricular activities.

    The program addresses the needs of two increasingly important developmental areas of the Eastern Cape in South Africa: Education and the Environment.

    The focal area of VA32° south is the Transkei Wild Coast.

    Under the apartheid government from the1950’s – 1994, the Transkei and other Bantustan "homelands" remained deliberately underdeveloped regions from which the dominant white economic sector could draw on a consistent labor pool who were largely denied access to equal opportunities within society, and were therefore unable to challenge the monopoly at an academic and economic level.

    The region today remains for the most part an undeveloped, rural enclave within South Africa. Access to effective education, resources and equal opportunities are leading challenges facing the communities of the Wild Coast.



    • Posted on: 1 November 2007
    • By: JB

    "Government is not reason, it is not eloquence- it is a force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master; never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action."

    "Occupants of public offices love power and are prone to abuse it."

    ~George Washington

    XO at Software Freedom Day 15 September 2007

    • Posted on: 18 September 2007
    • By: JB
    Government eyes out One Laptop per Child By Alastair Otter The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) project got a lot of attention from important government members at the Software Freedom Day celebrations on Saturday. In this picture we have (left to right) Aslam Rafee, CIO of the SA department of science and technology, Maria Farelo, policy, strategy and regulations office of the government CIO of the department of public service and adminsitration, Karl Fischer, also of DST and the chief Software Freedom Day cheerleader, and Derek Hanekom, deputy minister of science and technology. Photo by Walter Kruse.

    Comic Content

    • Posted on: 1 September 2007
    • By: JB

    This is the start of a plan to collate and 'digitalize' comic content for the OLPC XOs and for the primary education sector in general.

    A lot of NGOs have created comics on everything from Aids Awareness to alternative technologies.

    I would like to get information about NGOs and organisations which have comics which can be licensed under Creative Commons . . . and solicit contributions of any comic material available... Perhaps there's already something like this underway somewhere?

    From here this project will move to the wiki on

    I was thinking we could even have a competition for the best comic contributions: anything relevant, witty, informative, educational and challenging.

    One Laptop Per Child

    • Posted on: 28 August 2007
    • By: JB

    Countries that have committed to OLPC so far:

    Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Greece, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda, Tunisia, United States of America (specifically the states of Massachusetts and Maine), Uruguay

    Paul Kagame, Rwanda's president, said the initiative would strengthen the quality of already existing free and compulsory primary education, by adopting new tools for learning and engaging children more directly, both inside and outside of school.

    "By moving to an electronic format, a much wider body of knowledge will be made available to children than was previously possible or economically feasible with printed text books," he said.

    Solomon Islands XO-1 Laptop Pilot

    "The other key partner – as the pilot is largely funded by the Ministry of Education through the EU sector programme – is the Curriculum Development Centre. They need to learn about ebooks, elearning resources and how to start using computers in the classroom. Thus, one might imagine some simple first steps in testing curriculum-related content via the OLPCs."

    Will E-Learning Make Teachers Redundant?

    • Posted on: 14 June 2007
    • By: JB

    Does electronic learning (eLearning) threaten to displace the teacher? This question emerged at an international conference held in Nairobi last week, attended by 1,400 people from 88 countries. The latest in information communication technology (ICT) with a focus on education, training and development was showcased.

    eLearning makes use of computers, radio or television in addition to books and classes. It ranges from single users to group learning in class. Students are able to talk on-line and exchange ideas. It is participatory and allows the sharing of learning material between networked users.

    The format helps to reinforce what has been learnt through the use of graphics and pictures. Students can hear sound and practise on their own. The greatest advantage of eLearning is that users can learn at their own pace. The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) is encouraging countries to adopt eLearning.

    Jenny Cole of South African-based NetLearn tried to dispel fears that the method will eventually render teachers jobless. "eLearning does not take the teacher out of the classroom. You need a teacher to drive e-Learning," she observed.

    John Matogo, a lecturer at Kenya's Strathmore University, said eLearning complements the work of teachers. "eLearning facilitates the provision of extra material on-line. Sometimes it is impossible to give personal attention to students, so they can send questions on-line and communicate with other students."

    Kenyan education minister George Saitoti said at the opening of the conference that the ICT method of education was cost effective compared to the current modes of teaching used in schools. "With eLearning, one teacher can reach many learners through video conferencing and other modes."

    But Chris Smith, a lecturer at the UK-based University of Bolton, said African teachers risked being made irrelevant by the adoption of e-Learning unless they were trained in the field.

    When it comes to other areas, eLearning has reaped some fruits. NetLearn supplies its services to the long-distance University of South Africa (UNISA) and currently deals with 14,000 students. "We are having great successes with the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL)," said Cole.

    "The technology is improving. Our accomplishments come from having a mixed approach, blending books, eLearning and workshops," added Cole. UNISA is looking at rolling out ICDL to other faculties.

    The health department in KwaZulu Natal, one of South Africa's provinces, wants over 3,000 health workers in the seaside city of Durban to be provided with the latest treatment information, including on HIV/AIDS, through an interactive health education project.

    The educational material in the project is being created by the nurses themselves, to be shared on-line with professional peers. Peggy Nkonyeni, the provincial health minister, has a long-term vision of nurses and other health workers using the programme to support their professional development.

    Strides have been made in the NEPAD e-schools initiative. The project was initiated in secondary schools with the aim of reaching young Africans and enabling them participate in "the global information society and knowledge economy".

    A key output expected from the project is to impart ICT skills to young Africans in primary and secondary schools and to harness ICT to improve and expand education in African schools.

    Countries which have embraced eLearning by participating in the NEPAD initiative include Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Mauritius, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda, Mozambique, Egypt and Lesotho.

    Six schools from each participating country were selected for the demonstration project. The pilot phase has successfully been concluded. The schools have been equipped with computer laboratories, networking facilities and internet access.

    The next phase will involve getting partners to equip secondary schools with ICT infrastructure and training stakeholders on how to implement eLearning in schools.

    For some participants, like Zambia's education minister Geoffrey Lungwangwa, the digital divide between Africa and developed countries can be bridged by embracing eLearning.

    Emmanuel Odhiambo of Computer Networks Company which provides eLearning in 13 African countries noted the high cost of equipment as well as lack of local expertise. "When machines break down after we are gone, there is no one to repair them."

    Building capacity to reach the remotest parts was cited as a challenge by speakers from Uganda, Nigeria and Ghana.

    Ghana's deputy minister for education, Kwame Amporfo Twumasi, advised African countries to develop their own eLearning curriculum to suit the African situation.

    Maria Levy of Eduvision, a South African education ICT company, said her company was developing software that would digitize textbooks and make them available to schools across Africa.

    "We will digitize school textbooks and use a satellite network to relay the contents to students. All a student will need is an aerial and a server," she said. The Kenya Institute of Education is also in the process of digitizing the school curriculum to lay the groundwork for learning and teaching using ICT.

    (SOURCE: Balancing Act, via Inter Press Service)

    Wikid pedia

    • Posted on: 14 June 2007
    • By: JB

    - A version of Wikipedia aimed at school children has been launched with the content limited to articles suitable for children. Accessible online and as a download, the encyclopedia will soon be found in all tuXlab schools in South Africa. (Source: Balancing Act)

    XO competition

    • Posted on: 14 June 2007
    • By: JB

    - Intel is to team up with Asustek Computer Inc to produce a cheap computer for developing countries that might sell for as little as $200 but going up to $4-500. One Laptop Per Child has moved its launch date back to July this year. It may well have a flash memory hard drive, a 7-10 inch screen and wireless Internet. It will either run a freely available Linux operating system or Windows XP. (Source: Balancing Act)