'The dream, a trilogy of these, and I promise at some point in this life, they will land on your children’s book shelves!!!!' Regina Jele-Ncube
Thandi, the main character, is representative of many migrant children who are either unaware of their rich heritage or have developed a negative attitude towards their heritage as a result of societal pressures constantly painting anything not indigenous in a negative image.
Recognising the gap in both home and the school library of books that aim to help children develop an appreciation of their cultures and that of others compounded by the love for culture sent my creative mind to work.
At school, it can be used during literacy lessons and it covers SEAL (Social & Emotional Aspects of Learning) to develop tolerance of people from different cultures. A series of worksheets have also been compiled to give children the opportunity to critically challenge cultures, explore similarities and differences. A good tool towards enhancing children’s extended learning outside of the classroom.
Thandi: Origins, Differences & Friendships
Thandi – Origins, Differences and Friendships addresses the following issues: realisation of the diverse society in which children find themselves in today’s multicultural society, the challenges that can bring, and how to better embrace that diversity. It also allows children to positively challenge cultures without being offensive to others. Most of all, it allows children to challenge themselves, the way they think and their attitudes.