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UCT lecturer offers free COVID-19 childrens book

Published Apr 29, 2020


DURBAN - A senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town has written a children's book on the dangers of Covid-19 called

Oaky and the Virus which is available to download free of charge.

Athol Williams, a senior lecturer at the UCT Graduate School of Business wrote the children’s book with the help of management consultant Taryn Lock, who did the illustrations. Athol along with Lock are also the co-founders of a non-profit organization called Read to Rise.

The book is aimed at educating children on the dangers of Covid-19 and how to protect themselves from it. “

I...must...stay at home, not go out. Wash wash wash wash wash my hands. Wear a mask, don’t see friends. Wash wash wash wash wash my hands


An excerpt from the book with one of the ways in which Williams tries to instil the message of cleanliness to kids.

What to expect from Oaky and the Virus?

The book follows the lives of two acorn siblings. Oaky and his sister learn about Covid-19 in a fun and educational manner. They then put their knowledge into practice by wearing their masks, washing their hands and staying home.

As a custom in many Oaky books, the story is followed by a quiz which allows the learners to test their knowledge and comprehension skills.

The ebook is accompanied by a Youtube Video, which teaches children the song. Translations of the book are already available in IsiZulu and Sepedi however the other official languages are still underway.

Oaky publisher Theart Press has announced that it will distribute the book for free in hopes to keep children at home and safe.

You can download the ebook for free: Oaky and the Virus

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