Author inspires children

2018-01-30 06:00
Amr Salie (11).PHOTO: Bonni Bird-Sweet Freedom Media

Amr Salie (11).PHOTO: Bonni Bird-Sweet Freedom Media

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A young author who made headlines last year for publishing his first book – a thriller – at the age of 11 has received a full scholarship for the rest of his schooling career (“Thrilling work by young writer”, People’s Post, 26 September 2017).

Amr Salie, a home-schooled learner, received the good news from Think Digital College earlier this month. Not only will Salie benefit from the scholarship until he matriculates, but his three younger siblings will too.

“We are very grateful to the college, as it provides a much-needed solution to learners like Amr who want to excel at a few things, without breaking their spirit. It also provides a solution for mothers who struggle with kids with severe anxiety disorders or serious health issues, or just children having general difficulty in a conventional learning environment,” says his emotional mother, Maryam Salie.

Amr, who is currently in Grade 5, transitioned late last year from home schooling to virtual online schooling and is constantly evolving in terms of technology and new developments in the tech world.

“It is with humblest of thanks and appreciation that we accept this best and biggest gift of education. Amr finds virtual online schooling very interactive and fascinating, and he excelled in it so much that this virtual school, based in Pretoria, offered him a full bursary.

“He will be offering the school valuable updates and new innovative ideas as time passes to incorporate into their system and give a learner’s view of how to make learning more fun.”

Jenessa Leita, founder of Think Digital College, says: “The reason we awarded a full scholarship to Amr is because he embodies everything we stand for. Our aim is to develop the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers and Amr is just that! I believe that traditional schools can’t always accommodate brilliant children like Amr because they have to move at a certain pace and don’t always encourage out-of-the-box thinkers.”

“We love out-of-the-box thinkers and encourage this. We want to give Amr the space to grow at his own pace. We are excited to include his short stories in our English Literature and see how he can motivate other children on our system. We will be watching Amr as he progresses through life and will be so honoured to say that he was educated by Think Digital College”

Meanwhile, the family says the response from the public towards his book, Blameless, has been good but a little slow.

“We feel that those young authors such as Amr and other creatives need proper support to help nurture their love and passion in whatever field they pursue. If there is a lack of support, then it reduces morale. There has been a good response from the ordinary community, housewives and just the general public. A few businesses have also made their shelves available to host the book in their stores,” she explains.

“As a growing city we should encourage these youth more. There are many NPOs out there encouraging reading, which is amazing, but what is the government doing to support young and upcoming authors? What support is there financially and in terms of distributing and purchasing their work?”

The young author is set to publish his second book, Mothman Files, and continues to do technology reviews in his spare time. He also hosts a variety of programmes at schools and libraries across the City, including Grassy Park, Athlone and Lansdowne. The dates and times can be found on his personal Facebook page.

V A short film on Amr can be viewed online via @Beautiful News South Africa on Facebook. For further enquiries, email


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