- Johannesburg teen Stacy Fru had published four books that tackle various children's issues.
- Her Stacy Fru Foundation hosts reading drives and advocates for child education, safety and security.
- Fru said that the youth of 1976 showed her just how powerful and impactful young people could be.
At 14, Stacy Fru is one of the continent's youngest award-winning authors and literacy advocates and for her, 16 June is a time to reflect on the sacrifices the youth of 1976 made and the impact they had on literacy.
"It is a time for us to look within our community and society and see if the sacrifices that were made by these poor high school [pupils] who wanted the best for not only their future, but the future of the rest of the country. It is a time to look back at their sacrifice and how they saw the importance of literacy and saw how important it was for them to be able to learn in a medium of their choice," Fru said.
In 2018 the Johannesburg teen launched the Stacy Fru Foundation, which hosts reading drives and advocates for child education, safety and security.
"Since the pandemic, we haven't been able to move around much. Throughout the lockdown, it was strictly online. We were doing reading drives to try and get people [to interact] with the page to spread this culture of reading while in lockdown, by getting people's children to read, their grandparents to read through all these fun things you can do as a family which involve literacy," Fru said.
Fru became Africa's youngest published author after writing her first book at the tender age of seven. She has published three more books, with the latest, Tim's Answer, hitting the shelves in 2019.
"Tim's Answer focuses on providing children with guidance on how to pick their role models by giving them a sense that not all good things come from the west and that there are good and authentic things that can be found all around you," she told News24.
Fru also has a number of awards under her belt, including the African Child Award for Creative Writing and Social Impact, awarded to her by the Pan African Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Centre and World Youth Forum's Most Influential and Promising Young Person in Africa and the Arab world.
Fru's passion for advocacy started once she published her first book.
Next, Fru has her eyes set on publishing a compilation of short stories and a novel she wrote during the lockdown.