“It’s exhilarating to see NWASA’s expansion across the continent. The arts play a pivotal role in nation building and in the preservation of knowledge. We thank our Namibian members for working with NWASA towards this mission.” – Member Kabelo Duncan Kgatea, Head of NWASA’s Organisational Building and Development Portfolio.
Member Kabelo Duncan Kgatea is a multi-award winning Setswana author and poet with awards such as the PanSALB Multilingualism Nation Building Writer of the Year Award and the Angel In Action Award under his belt.
Many of his novels and poetry have been made prescribed reading for Grade 12 pupils in South Africa and as head of NWASA’s Organisational Building and Development Portfolio, member Kgatea is on a mission to use his experience in the creation and subsequent publication of educational material to assist NWASA members, like Mrs Juliana Keitheng Thataone, publish their multi-lingual material for scholars.
NWASA Member Juliana is a retired Namibia-based Setswana teacher, who is well-known for her work teaching learners with special needs to read and write. During her time as a teacher, she realised that there existed a lack of reading material for children with special needs, so she set out to create her own material. Soon thereafter, the school where she taught adopted her works as part of their teaching curriculum.
Member Juliana has joined NWASA with the hopes to see her work continue to impact the lives of learners whose educational needs are under catered for.
We commend member Kgatea’s community-building and recruitment efforts. We cannot wait to see the fruits of this visit in the coming months.
A reminder that NWASA membership is open to established and aspirant writers who are South African citizens and non-citizens based anywhere in the world. To join visit www.nwasa.org.za