Book club out to raise the bar among challenged pupils

2017-06-22 06:00
Imbewu Book Club founders Donald Puza and Siphosethu Phikelela are hosting a fundraising event for the organisation this Saturday.

Imbewu Book Club founders Donald Puza and Siphosethu Phikelela are hosting a fundraising event for the organisation this Saturday.

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In order to promote reading and writing to slow learners, a book club from Khayelitsha needs support to carry out its mandate.

Imbewu Book Club is an initiative that was started by two youngsters from B Section and focuses on supporting academically challenged learners.

On Saturday the club is hosting a fund raising event at the Center of the Book in Observatory from 15:00.

The concept was the brainchild of Donald Vusumzi Puza, 33, after his release from prison in May 2016.

He approached poet and performer Siphosethu Phikelela, 24, who also loved the idea as it was close to her heart.

Puza spent six years behind bars after he was convicted of robbery and murder.

He told City Vision that it was his experience that motivated him to lead young people towards better things in life.

“We want to help these young people to lead them away from the lifestyle I chose. As I have experienced it I can tell that it is not the right path to take in life so we want them to be literate, be able to learn so that they can be successful in life,” he said.

The organisation visits Khayelitsha Special School on Thursdays assisting learners with literacy by using poetry to get them to read and write.

But why academically challenged learners?

Puza said that children that face challenges academically are shunned from the community and have a higher chance of falling off the system.

“So we want to use a more creative way to get them performing academically. If they believe they are poets they will write more often and read more often and hopefully this will have a positive impact on their performance,” he said.

He said since they began, they have been asking for book donations from the community and other stationery.

They began fund-raising to buy other learning material that is not easily available in the community such as drawing books.

“We are also looking to raise funds to buy a container where these guys can come to us after school. There will be able to give a closer look into their progress and create a good learning environment,” he said.

The entrance fee to the event is R30. Puza said that people who cannot be at the event can still help by making donations by contacting them on ssphikelela@gmail.com or by calling 0746235642/0731427182.

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