Book Dash welcomes two new Board Members, and announces a transition in the role of Chair
"Every child should own a hundred books by the age of five"

Book Dash was established as a non-profit in 2014 to increase the availability of open-sourced and relevant children’s books, thereby enabling all children to own books and love reading. Since then Book Dash has created 166 original African picture books for children, translated these into a library of 600+ titles across all 11 official South African languages, printed and distributed 1.9 million physical copies of our books to children across South Africa, and forged relationships with hundreds of digital redistribution partners across the globe who use our content. What a happy story of abundance and joy! 

Book Dash welcomes new Board members

Given our sustained growth and increasing reach and impact, the Board decided to invite new perspectives to increase diversity of background and insight, and to support Book Dash’s development going forward. To that effect, two new Board positions were created, advertised and appointed. Today we are proud and excited to present the two new powerhouses that are joining the Board in November.

Boitumelo Khunou: We first got to know Boitumelo as a literacy advocate through her social media initiative, @RainbowReadsSA, where she encourages parents and families to start reading early and often to young children. She often features Book Dash books! Boitumelo is an education professional who recently graduated with her Master of Education degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and currently works as a project manager for a large scale Foundation Phase intervention programme at Class Act Educational Services. She also works as a reading consultant, materials developer and trainer. She is passionate about academia, teacher professional development and early literacy.
Jabulile Mpanza: Jabulile is an Economist with a Master’s Degree in Economic Development from UCT. She currently holds the role of Senior Manager in Organisation Development and Wellbeing at Discovery Limited. She is also on the team that drives transformation and inclusion in the workplace. Jabulile is passionate about literacy and is the founder of Hadithi Wethu, a reading mentorship programme that gives teenagers access to black written literature and a network of young professionals to mentor them. For her work at Hadithi, Jabulile was recognised in the McKinsey Next Generation Women Leaders, representing South Africa at a global conference in Paris.
A New Chair for Book Dash
Outgoing Chair: Arthur Attwell. For the past 7 years, Book Dash has been expertly led by Arthur, one of the three co-founders of the organisation. Arthur is known throughout the publishing world for his radical innovations (Book Dash being one of many). His divergent way of thinking about big problems in content creation and access has given Book Dash its particular flavour of addressing literacy problems in an effective and joyful way. Arthur is stepping down as Chair but is remaining on the Board, meaning that the organisation will continue to benefit from his insights.
Incoming Chair: Tarryn-Anne Anderson. Tarryn is one of the three co-founders of Book Dash and an existing Board Member. She has been instrumental in the development of several methodologies and technologies that underpin our flagship 12-hour book creation events. The creative volunteers all know Tarryn for her strict timekeeping, effective troubleshooting and sense of fun. Tarryn is currently the Growth Director at Snapplify, and she is bringing her strong strategic capabilities and organisation development skills to the role of Chair at Book Dash.
The full Book Dash Board and Management team

With this exciting growth and development, our organisational structure now looks like this

Our vision at Book Dash is that “Every child should own a hundred books by the age of five.” We thank the Board members, old and new, for their guidance and contribution to helping us realise this vision, and we look forward to this new chapter.

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