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The gift that keeps on giving

Education is the key to success and for many South African children it is also the first step towards breaking socioeconomic barriers. We believe a world that is full of smart, curious children who are independent thinkers, is a better world. Periodic school attendance and virtual classes have been a different experience for all families over the past two years. Many children have lost confidence in learning or are still struggling to keep up with their peers. It will take a long time and all our effort to ensure we recover and no child is left behind.

So, when we embarked on a project to create the MavericKids Activity Book, we envisioned it reaching children all over South Africa. And we committed to donating a copy of the book to a child in need for every copy bought in the DM Shop. Thanks to the generosity of Daily Maverick readers and supporters, and in partnership with Gift of the Givers, we have started making that happen.

Editor-in-chief Branko Brkic and CEO Styli Charalambous hand over the annual MavericKids Activity Book to Dr Imtiaz Sooliman of Gift of the Givers.

Our goal was to donate 2,000 books and when Gift of the Givers came on board as our distribution partners, they committed to including stationery packs with every book. This meant we could give children in need a full learning experience and ensure they could immerse themselves in the full MavericKids Activity Book experience.

Thanks to the support from readers who bought in the DM Shop, in January 2022 we exceeded that target and handed over 2,060 books to Gift of the Givers who set out to distribute them in schools and childcare facilities in South Africa. Pupils at Sintethemba High School in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape were among the first to receive the donated books. The school was very appreciative, saying the content is in simple English, breaking the language barrier for the pupils.

Copies of the MavericKids Activity Book and stationery packs are distributed at Sintethemba High School in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape.

We are incredibly proud of this project and excited for the potential that each book has to change lives, bring hope and some light into the world. We could not have done it without our readers and we thank you for supporting the vision we had for the MavericKids Activity Book and the pupils who have received them. In partnership with Gift of the Givers, we will be continuing the buy-one-donate-one initiative for the MavericKids Activity Book. So, if you would like to spread the news and tell your family, friends and colleagues, or make a contribution by donating a book, visit the DM Shop and purchase a copy of the MavericKids Activity Book.

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