Sindiwe and the Fireflies

Sindiwe not only reached her dreams but she achieve even more. A Teacher, civil servant, novelist, poet, playwright, women’s activist, awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in Bronze for her literary and humanitarian contributions and her outstanding achievements in literature. Many people call her Nomabali because she’s always writing, telling and reading stories.

Author: Cheréne Pienaar, Illustrator: Jano Strydom

Text and Images from Sindiwe and the Fireflies

At night, her grandmother told magical stories about ogres and giants, animals of the forests, great beasts, and little
creatures of the veld. It was Sindiwe’s favourite time.

Sindiwe loved school and she dreamed about being a teacher.

Sindiwe trained to be a teacher. She was very excited to teach at her first school.
But there weren’t enough schools for black children and they had no desks or books to write in. This made Sindiwe feel scared. How could she be a good teacher when the children had nowhere to sit?

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