Bathekgi ba Khanya College Programme


Bathekgi ba Khanya College Programme

Khanya College calls for your participation and needs your support

Established in 1986, Khanya College’s motto, “Education for Liberation” continues to capture the important link between education and active citizenship. With poverty, inequality and lack of active citizenship still rife 25 years after the dawn of democracy, Khanya College continues to strive towards the eradication of poverty and inequality. In a country with about 66% of the population under the age of 35, Khanya focuses on mobilising children, youth and young adults to take up the challenge of change in our time.

Khanya College combines social justice activism and cultural interventions to educate and mobilise communities for change. The Jozi Book Fair Programme is an important vehicle in this striving for change.

In order to realise its aim of expanding the reach of the Jozi Book Fair programme, Khanya College has set up the Bathekgi ba Khanya College programme. The Bathekgi programme has several aims:

  1. To expand young people, activists and other interested members of the public’s access to active participation in writing, reading and other cultural activities.
  2. To create online and other platforms for the dissemination of the cultural products to the wider South African public, and

iii. To ensure the sustainability of Khanya College as an institution has dedicated its existence since 1986 to “Education for Liberation”. 

In the main, the Bathekgi ba Khanya College programme will operate through supporting the Jozi Book Fair programme as a focal point of the College’s cultural and social justice interventions. Khanya College works with its sister organisation, Busara Institute for Research and Publish to make a range of cultural and other products available to the public on an affordable basis. As part of this initiative, Busara has set up Bathekgionline store.


Education, Culture & Citizenship Programme

Since 2009 Khanya has organised the Jozi Book Fair Festival, and over the years it has grown to include 6 on-going programmes directed at bringing key constituencies into the world of reading, writing, publishing, jazz, theatre and other cultural activities. The interventions include:

  • The Children’s Project (Poetry Buddies) – focuses on children between 6 to 12 years and helps them publish poetry, art & short stories; participate in the Jozi Book Fair Festival; and access books, including through libraries in various townships.
  • Schools Project (Tsohang Batjha) – focuses on high school youth and helps them develop writing & reading skills, and publishes their work. It also trains school librarians and supplies books to schools and public libraries. Produces a schools’ literary magazine.
  • The Khanya Jazz School – provides music lessons with a focus on jazz for youth; provides spaces for young jazz musicians to perform; makes jazz music and jazz education available to the wider public.
  • The Khanya Youth Cultural Project – provides training in theatre and other art forms for out of school youth; creates spaces for performance; develops audiences among youth and the broad public.
  • Writers & Small Publishers Project – subsidises and supports small and self-publishers; provides training workshops for aspiring writers; provides affordable printing and publishing facilities.
  • Jozi House of Literature – provides facilities for seminars, workshops, resource centres, computer centres, and conferences facilities; provides infrastructure to support writers and the book trade in general; provides space to host literary events.
  • The Jozi Book Fair Festival – held once a year and brings audiences of more than 5000 including schools, children and the general public; hosts a number of publishers, more than 100 events and many authors and panellists; the festival ensure that a significant number of events are hosted by the public; entrance is free for the public.
  • The Citizenship Education Project – Khanya runs a number of citizenship education programmes with various constituencies to educate them about their constitutional rights and to encourage citizen participation through various means, including journalism, creative writing, and other interventions.

Your regular participation and support for Khanya College will help it reach wider participants in this programme of education, culture, citizenship and social change. Khanya College hereby asks you for a modest contribution of R50 (or more) per month to help change the lives of millions.

Your contribution of R50 per month or more will entitle you to:

  • Discounts on new books & jazz CDs from various publishers and musicians.
  • Bigger discounts on books published by Khanya & its various projects.
  • Discounts to theatre productions, including (selected) established theatres.
  • Invitation to JBF events including premieres of movies & theatre productions, premieres of jazz CDs, etc.
  • Receive Khanya newsletters on a regular basis (depending on options chosen).
  • Over the coming months the Bathekgionline shop will continue to expand its product offering and members of Bathekgi will enjoy discounts on the various products on offer.


Khanya College as an institution is committed to working democratically and accountably. In order to live up to this mission, the Bathekgi Ba Khanya College initiative will provide regular reporting to its subscribers. These include:

  • A special bi-annual report to members of the Bathekgi Programme on activities undertaken by the JBF Programme.
  • A copy of Khanya College’s Annual Report & Audited Financial Statements.

Donations are Tax Deductible

  • Khanya College is a registered NPO with a Section 18A Tax Certificate, which means that your contribution will be tax deductible. Khanya will give a special receipt stating donation amount where this is requested.
  • All contributions are claimable as a contribution to Socio-Economic Development in accordance with the DTI’s BEE Codes of Good Conduct.

To be a Member of Bathekgi please visit and follow the membership instructions on the website. Alternatively, you can write to with the subject heading:

Request for Bathekgi ba Khanya Programme Subscription Forms,

and include the following information in your email.

Name: __________________________________

Email address: __________________________________

Mobile Number: __________________________________

The Bathekgi ba Khanya College Programme will send you subscription forms.

We look forward to your participation and support.

Khanya Board of Trustees

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