“Duma says: Wash your hands, wear a mask!”
Four months in – and there is still a shortage of high quality educational material for children.
And one of the major problems with the material produced for children so far, is that they continue to tell a story about children living in middle class / elite environments, meaning that much of the material does not speak to the experience of millions of children in cramped housing or informal settlements – an issue that directly impacts the spread of the virus.
Millions of children in South Africa and elsewhere live in cramped housing, sometimes without even electricity, internet or running water.
How are these children meant to social distance when there are so many living in a one room house in an informal settlement?
How are they supposed to play, or learn when stories don’t depict their reality?
How will other children, in more privileged homes, learn about the lives of others when they only see themselves reflected in books?
“Duma says!” is an ambitious project by Nathi Ngubane (Think Ahead Comix) in partnership with Social Bandit Media.
The project details the adventures of Duma and his beautiful family living in an unnamed informal settlement in South Africa during this COVID-19 pandemic.
We will do three books; and they will be made specially for tablets and smartphones so that it might easy to read / share. They will also be free to download.