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Pret in die skool? | Fun at school?

September 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

Ek het vandag ’n fassinerende onderhoud met Solet Scheeres op Voertaal gelaai. In Nederland is die lees van storieboeke vir die lekker net so belangrik as Wiskunde, sê sy. In Suid-Afrika, daarenteen, is ons so behep met eksamens dat ons vergeet van lees. Eish.

Ons huidige skoolstelsel moet dringend plekmaak vir ’n uitkomsgebaseerde stelsel. In Australië werk dit, in Nederland werk dit. In Duitsland is daar voorbeelde wat werk. Hoekom wil ons nie wegkom van die onderwysstelsel en kurrikulum wat nog uitgedink is toe ek op skool was nie?

Moenie bloot vir my glo nie. Kyk bietjie wat sê Christien Neser oor lees. Sy beweer die regte boek kan letterlik iemand se lewe red.

Maar ek het ook pret gehad. Johannes Meyer het ’n fantastiese onderhoud met Fanie Viljoen gedoen oor Laaste lewe. Dit wys jou: Johannes is ’n leser en hy gebruik vaardighede wat nie uit die skool uitkom nie. Dié knaap bou nou al vir hom ’n reputasie.

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If you are able to read Afrikaans, do yourself a favour and see how the Dutch school system favours reading just for the fun of it.

And have a look at the fabulous new Afrikaans graphic novel by Fanie Viljoen, as well as the interview by a thirteen-year old journalist.

Should you not be able to read Afrikaans graphic novels, do purchase the two stunning full-colour graphic novels by Luke Molver. At the beginning of the year, just before Covid struck, I gave a lecture to the history teachers in the IEB system, explained just how wonderful these two books will augment their grade 9 teaching.

Let’s make reading fun again!

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Koop die papierboek.

Koop die e-boek.

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I had myself injected with Covid-19

September 3, 2020 in Uncategorized

Checking my temperature

Last Friday I took off my warm jacket and told a doctor to plunge a needle into my arm to potentially infect me with Covid-19. Since then I have had to take my own temperature daily.

Twelve hours after being injected I suffered from rigors and was lethargic for another 12 hours. Thereafter and since I have been fine. I am doing my usual morning runs again.

Why did I do that? I signed up to be a test subject to help find a vaccination against the dreaded Covid-19.

But why?

  • I want to help find an affordable, safe vaccine soon. Very soon. South Africa’s economy needs tourism and retail to resume to normal.
  • I am healthy.
  • I am privileged and understand the potential consequences.

Many companies are testing possible vaccines. For a comprehensive look at the front runners, I recommend this article on the National Geographic website.

The study I am part of, is listed third from the top.

If you want to read more detail about the Ox1Cov-19 Vaccine VIDA-Trial testing the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine, I would suggest this article.

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As jy kan Afrikaans lees, klik dan hier vir my veel deegliker stuk op LitNet.

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On a much lighter note, a group of medical doctors made this wonderful video. Do enjoy it.

Heartwarming!