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Executive Director and Trustee at The FunDza Literacy Trust
Mignon Hardie is the executive director of the FunDza Literacy Trust, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to growing a culture of reading and writing among South Africa’s youth. She has been involved in the organisation since inception and has been instrumental in ensuring FunDza’s growth and success in getting young people reading for pleasure, and developing their writing skills too. The organisation is hailed for its innovative use of mobile technology to disseminate locally generated, exciting content and for developing a new generation of writers. The organisation has received various accolades for its work. This year it has been awarded the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, the Joy of Reading Award, and the Gold award at the Impumelelo Social Innovations Awards. In addition to her work with FunDza, Mignon is a director of Cover2Cover Books, an exciting for-profit publishing house. Previously she has been involved in the startup and management of a number of small and medium enterprises. Mignon has a BA from UCT and an MBA from Stellenbosch University.