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‘Oaky and the Virus’ a New Book Teaching Children About COVID-19

Nyakallo Tefu

As the debate on the reopening of schools continues, lecturers at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), have released a free COVID-19 book for children. 

Oaky and the Virus publisher Theart Press has released the book for free distribution and download for to assist in keeping children at home, reading and avoiding infection. 

This week, the Department Of Basic Education announced that the reopening of schools will happen in phases, with matriculants and grade 7’s set to return first on June 1st.

However, this has not been welcomed by some parents, teachers unions and political parties. 

Oaky and the Virus is one of seven books in the series, is written by senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (GSB), Athol Williams. 

In a statement the university says Oaky and the Virus follows Oaky and his sister, Oaket, as they learn about COVID-19 in a fun, accessible and educational way. 

As soon as the two acorns learn about the virus, they quickly practise the appropriate safety measures: they wear their masks, wash their hands and stay at home.

With the aim of not only educating children, Theart Press is also urging the public to contribute to Read to Rise, which is fundraising for care packs for children in vulnerable communities.

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