The one thing young people in SA have not given up on is themselves

14 June 2020 - 00:00

In last week’s Sunday Times, Aashiq Johnson, a 16-year-old in grade 11 in the Western Cape, asked a telling question: “How do I learn effectively when my subconscious constantly reminds me of the plight of my South African brothers and sisters who are unable to learn under ‘normal’ conditions, let alone a national lockdown?”

Johnson’s is one of 500 essays ( collected by Jonathan Jansen, professor of education at Stellenbosch University. Proceeds of the book’s sales will go to poorer schools and children, some of whose parents had to choose between buying data during lockdown — to enable their offspring’s education to continue — and buying food to keep the family alive...

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