Johannesburg - Former Miss SA Ntando Kunene has collaborated with PhD candidate and lecturer Thokozane Dyosini to pen a children’s book titled “Cory in the Universe”, which aims to educate children about the coronavirus.
The book was launched recently with assistance from South Africa’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.
“Cory in the Universe”, which centres on young heroes who use superpowers to combat COVID-19, is available in South Africa’s 11 official languages.
“Children’s lives have been altered during the pandemic as well.They were used to going to school and being outside and playing. Their social life is quite important for them and not having that for quite a long time has its own effects. We tried to pen down a lot of things we’ve seen children go through,” said Kunene.
The model Kunene said she saw there was a need to tailor health communication for young readers.
“We wanted to create a story that was representative of who we are as South Africans. This is also about taking pride in our languages; we feel like our indigenous languages, post-apartheid, have been marginalised for a very long time and it’s time for them to shine and come to the forefront where they can be celebrated just like the important aspects of our lives.”
Co-author Dyosini added that it was important for them to tell the story through the eyes of South African children in a book that features President Cyril Ramaphosa as a key character.
“The president was one person we saw on a regular basis. We took some of what he’d said on TV and talk about his feelings in the book,” she said.
Director-general for Sports, Arts and Culture Vusumuzi Mkhize applauded the authors for their unique take on an issue of global concern.