Writers’ club established for local schools

2018-01-10 06:00
Jeffrey Jaftha.      Photo:SUPPLIED

Jeffrey Jaftha. Photo:SUPPLIED

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“TWO down, 98 to go.” This was the response of Jeffrey Jaftha when 28 pupils at De Vos Malan Primary School in Schauderville, initiated their own writers’ club as part of the broader initiative founded by him.

Writing enthusiast Jaftha has a target of setting up 100 writers’ clubs across the country within the next two years.

“I believe that it’s possible. The response has been amazing.

“The writing club was established in October (last year) and we already have two schools on board, 28 and 30 members respectively - a total of 58 till now,” Jaftha said.

He said all that is needed is an appropriate model that can be used to assist and encourage the youngsters with their writing skills as so much potential goes unnoticed.

“The pupils are really eager to learn. However, the focus was on studying for the exams (at the time of establishing the club).

“From the beginning of this year we are going to hit the road running. A possible target is a combined publication by these young pupils after a year,” he said.

Charles Jeffrey, one of the facilitators of the new writers’ club, said he is positive about the initiative and looks forward to where it is going. “We have also consolidated a group to allow the pupils enough time to write material during the long school holiday period,” Jeffrey said.

Grade 7 teacher Rudolph Jaftha brought a different perspective, noting that some learners prefer to write rap lyrics and do not realise that they do have the ability to write poetry.

“It’s important to accommodate these youngsters, instead of leaving them isolated. Their content creates opportunities for education. Some poems walk around in ‘black tie suits’ and others in ‘jeans and takkies’,” he said.

Interested schools can mail their contact details to jeffreyjaftha@gmail.com or send a whatsapp message to 065 190 7679.

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