[LISTEN] Poet making things 'write' on the Cape Flats

At this time of year, as we approach Mandela Day, many South Africans make a special effort to help those less fortunate, but for some, making a sacrifice for others and putting their needs first is a daily activity.

Shaun Warner is a poet and carpenter, who has been motivated by his love of the written word, to teach children in the Ottery area how to read and write.

He teaches basic literacy skills to 47 children, aged 8 to 18, at the Ottery library.

Warner and his wife have also made it their priority to provide the children with at least one meal, with the help of the community.

He spoke to Africa Melane about the literacy project.

It started out as initiative to teach poetry but as it cam through their writing that there is a very big problem with literacy amongst our school kids. I found that there is a big problem with their spelling and basic grasp , and reading aptitude so the focus of the initiative shifted...

Shaun Warner, poet

The initiative is a bout a month old now, once schools resume I will be reaching out to schools. I will be pulling up a profile on each kid, and will have a meeting with all the principles of the schools to see how the initiative can assist. I do keep it very curriculum friendly so as not to confuse the kids.

Shaun Warner, poet

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