The Mandela family at South Africa House, London August 15th 2018

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The children reading to the audience…

On August 15th, the SmithMartin Partnership team were invited to a book launch and family event at South Africa House, Trafalgar Square London.

There were sandwiches and cakes, balloons and celebrations as the Mandela family led us in storytelling and reflection about Nelson Mandela’s life and hardships, eventually securing the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994.

Zindzi Mandela, who is currently serving as her country’s ambassador to Denmark is  the youngest daughter of Nelson and Winnie. She wanted to write a book so children could understand on their own terms about her father Nelson Mandela.

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Grandad Mandela is written by Zindzi and two of her grandchildren, Zazi and Ziwelene, illustrated by Sean Qualls and published by Lincoln Children’s Books.

Zindzi had grown up in Soweto and when she was 18 months old her father, Nelson was sent to prison, and her mother, Winnie, was banished to the Free State, taking Zindzi with her. There was no schooling and she only had chance to finish her education when she was sent to Swaziland. In 1985 she gained a BA in Law at the University of Cape Town, In February 1985, she had read out Nelson’s refusal for a conditional release from prison by P.W.Botha.

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Zindzi also accompanied her father at his inauguration as President and was First Lady following Winnie and Nelson’s divorce.

An incredible woman, she has a special place in history during those turbulent and impossible times in South Africa. Unbelievable now, that apartheid could have ever happened, working in a multi-cultural city like London…there is so much we take for granted.

Zindzi spoke about the need to write this book so children can discover on their own terms about apartheid and the struggle to overcome it. She said children should get answers to the questions they have. The work of Nelson Mandela in ending apartheid is now legendary and his strength and stalwartness in the pursuit of peace and forgiveness should be shared across the world.

“For many years as black South Africans we were not allowed to have a voice, but now we have a voice. And we won’t stop talking! And we won’t stop writing!”

The video below gives some of the words from Zindzi.

Thembi Tambo, the High Commissioner for South Africa in London, welcomed the family and explained that Zindzi had gone through a difficult childhood when Nelson Mandela was in prison for 27 years.

Thembi Tambo explained also about the life experiences of Zindzi and how she has must have hidden away any anger and fears, remaining strong in her belief and in continuing her work. She said it was difficult to imagine a better way in which to allow children to access the information than through this book. “There are many stories but some are just too hard to share”.

The Mandela Legacy organisation helped in the promotion of the book, and in organising this event, to support those who wish to have a voice and create a platform for sustainable development.

The children helped to read Grandad Mandela and were also asked some questions about human rights. One of the answers was, “You can’t judge children by how we look and feel. We are all fine just as we are”.

A stunning answer from an eight year old. The book Grandad Mandela, the work of Nelson Mandela and now his family shows what can happen to make changes for the better and the enormous courage and work needed to make it happen.

Sue Martin,  FRSA


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  • Motherhood Around the World

    Image: Mother and child in Sweden, ready for winter?

    Joanna Goddard’s U.S. on-line journal, A Cup of Jo, has been publishing a series of articles in recent years about motherhood and parenting across the world. You can find the collection here.

    There are some surprises in store. What has amazed us, reading the collection of articles, is the wide variety of rules and regulations, benefits and opportunities, as well as the universal nature of care for children, expressed in the detail of the articles. The latter not a surprise.

    The context for the articles, in our times of benefit cuts, constrained resources and political alienation, is that there exists a variety of models for parenting and parenting support. They depend on the socio-cultural norms of the country under examination. They depend on the economic ‘depth’ of the country too. They all depend on that universality of love that parents offer.

    The article we liked the most, 14 Surprising Things About Parenting in Sweden, features parents and child, originally from the USA and Brazil, declaring their experiences of life in Sweden.

    Cultural norms in Sweden are different. For example, leaving your child, heavily swaddled, out of doors in the midst of a Nordic winter takes courage. However, parents are given 480 days of paid leave, post arrival of a child, with 90 of them dedicated to the father.

    Childcare costs cannot exceed $150 a month, and we got very excited for parents reading about Vabbing – the principle of the state paying salaries when you have to stay off work to care for sick children.

    We also liked the Law of Jante, another cultural principle really, that insists ‘…that one individual is not more special than any other, and you’re not to behave as if you are‘. A great pre-cursor for enhancing social equality? Although we recognise that in some acquisitive cultures this lack of focus on success and ‘high performance’ might jar with some parents.

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    As booksellers we were truly delighted to read that Pipi Longstocking and Alfie Atkins are as popular as ever with Swedish children. Who could guess?

    Dipping into the article series on the ‘motherhood’ pages of A Cup of Jo is an uplifting experience, particularly in the midst of a grey English winter. It also shows that with all the pressures of parenthood you are not alone and that there is always a different, even better way, to do things too.

    Motherhood Around The World – we recommend it.

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  • Book Fest Hong Kong 2016

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    Break time, seen from the 8th floor of the Kellet School in Hong Kong…

    Sue Martin and the Books go Walkabout team are in Hong Kong this week. (May 2016)

    Working in partnership with The Kellett School, with generous funding from the school Annual Fund, Sue and a fabulous creative team of authors, photographers and poets, are delivering Book Fest across two campuses on the island.

    The programme of work, is designed to add value to the schools curriculum around writing, story creation and delivery, as well as creativity and critical thinking about form and content.

    The work is delivered by Australian Author Carole Wilkinson, Nigerian author and photographer Ifeoma Onyefulu and poet and writer Cheryl Moskowitz.

    bookIconImageYou can see the daily narratives and galleries of the creative energy generated on the project pages of Books go Walkabout here.

    After the week long event we will be publishing our learning and recommendations for trans-continental book and literacy project delivery, as well as celebrating, in detail, the work of the children who were enthused and creatively encouraged by our authors. Watch this space for details.


    Editor’s Note:

    SmithMartin LLP,  through the vehicle of their international books and literacy project, Books go Walkabout, are actively seeking more project partners in both the USA and Africa.

    We use our project management, book procurement and curriculum support skills to devise, develop and deliver cross community, cross art form projects to interested clusters of schools, community organisations or tertiary education settings.

    Contact Sue Martin at SmithMartin LLP for informal discussions at any time.

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  • Books for a school in the Philippines

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    Books Go Walkabout have recently sent parcels of books to the Philippines with parents from Kellett Care, delivering social projects for Kellett School, Hong Kong.

    Committee members and parents are travelling to the Philippines to meet directly with the teachers and children, and delivering the books as part of their work with Kellett Care. They are also taking goods that have been bought with funds from parents and these packages include essential items for the school, such as pencils, paper and stationary.

    The books from Books Go Walkabout are picture books and will be used by the school to enable further work on reading and writing. We hope that this will bring some stories of faraway places to their shores and also to help and encourage them in learning to read and to write.

    We are hoping to continue our work with the school in the future and help in other ways to support reading, writing and communication. We want to share aour love of reading and sharing stories and books across the world.

    Books Go Walkabout is a global project, based in Cambridge, UK and is a part of SmithMartin Partnership LLPVisit Books go Walkabout on-line...

    Sue Martin & Tim Smith

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  • DolphinBookBox returns

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    All our services in one place…

    We have recently re-energised our oldest brand, DolphinBookBox. Some 10 years or so ago this was the delivery mechanism on-line for our community library and book delivery service.

    What we have found recently is that, after over a decade of development, our Partnership ‘elevator pitch’ – what is it you do? – was getting longer and longer.

    To stop our meeting attendees glazing over, as if they would, we have recompiled the BookBox web site and converted it into a feature suite for our miscellany of Partnership projects and services.

    There is a logic to our Partnership offering, with inter-connected themes for all our work.

    Our print and design service keys into our community web service, our project management efforts around community buildings key into our skills in governance and policy advice.

    Our children’s book business delivery synergises with our international on-line contact project Books go Walkabout, which itself feeds projects into our publishing house activities for new eBooks and recharged back catalogue creation….and so on.

    You can see the connections all on one website here, at DolphinBookBox.co.uk

    SmithMartin LLP – diverse connnectivity and services for your project.


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  • Summer redesign…

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    As the summer holidays become a memory in 2013 we have brightened our Autumn reading by installing and loading a fresh new design and layout for ChangeThinking, the news and reflection website for SmithMartin LLP.

    We hope we have made browsing the range of our content on the main page easier, with a much more prominent Read more… button to take you to the full articles that interest you.

    The individual articles still offer our usual suite of images and downloadable content wherever applicable.

    Don’t forget you can check out our other core services at the Partnership, which we have listed below. As the Autumn gets busier and the projects in hand become more pressing as budget finals loom in the Spring, don’t forget that our range of expertise will have some professional support for your social business, school, charity, young people and children’s service or community web need.

    SmithMartin LLP:

    Project management and development expertise, helping devise governance and management strategy for social business and community projects of all sorts. We have strong expertise in evaluation, social business planning and governance in both charity, education and business settings.

    Thirdsectorweb:

    Our community web business, strong in ethical design, hosting and content creation for charities, schools, education settings and social businesses.

    Dolphinbooksellers:

    You can buy retail children’s books on-line here. We also devise, procure and install all equipment and books for school and community libraries. We can also offer, through the baskets of DolphinbBookShelf , a great way to encourage reading, volunteer engagement and fund raising in any setting. Ask us how.

    Books go Walkabout:

    Our international authors and young people project. Using new technology to have real time conversations with writers and illustrators across the globe. See more here…

    BgW is now a publishing house in its own right – we are always looking for authors with new writing, or  traditional print back-catalogue, coming out of licence, who wish to explore e-publishing and how to get their work into the electronic eco-systems of the major online retailers. Our current theme for 2013/2014 is Writing about AfricaAsk us about eBook publishing here…

    Just a flavour of what our Partnership can offer and how our skills mix can help you deliver a development project, capital or revenue. We are alway happy to be the LLP which helps you see your project with new eyes, without any initial commitment.

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  • Books go Walkabout – e-Print Publisher

    Using SmithMartin technology for conversations - but now for eBooks and print services too!
    Using SmithMartin technology forconversations- but now for eBooks and print services too!

    Books Go Walkabout, our international literacy project,  has just started on a new journey, into e-publishing.

    An exciting new adventure and we are pleased to start our journey with a book in our series called Writing about Africa. Short stories and general fiction about Africa – travel, images and character, with lots more to come.

    The BgW team would be happy to talk with authors and creative writers about our literacy project. Helping us find new ways of presenting positive stories about the great continent, offering new markets and new readers for your work. You can contact us here.

    The first story, The Goat That Vanished   is by Ifeoma Onyefulu. A story of a goat, some elders and a wedding gift that went wrong… a story of culture, humour and family life.

     

    Where did the goat go?
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    Ifeoma writes for children and uses her captivating photos of African life as she travels across the continent. Buy this short story from the Amazon Kindle Store – for less than the price of a cup of coffee here.

    Our publications are set to grow, working with the Worldreader programme, whose charitable work distributes 300 stories per Kindle, free to readers throughout Africa. A great project!

    Our eBooks and print publications are designed to feed into social projects supporting children and literacy in Africa, but their interest is world wide. Already Ifeoma’s story is available across the globe, in 9 different countries.

    A real success for Books Go Walkabout…join us on the journey.

     

    Books Go Walkabout – Children and authors using technology across the globe – an imprint of SmithMartin LLP

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  • William Tyndale School, UK
    & Aleesah Darlison, Australia

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    One of our partnership literacy projects has been working in schools and letting children and young people talk to authors across the globe.

    Students from Year 6 at William Tyndale Primary School in London, were Skyping with Aleesah Darlison, Australian author from Sydney on Thursday March 13th.

    We have been reading two books from Aleesah’s Unicorn Riders series, Quinn’s Riddles and Willow’s Challenge, a fantasy genre for children from 8 – 11 years.

    The students were speaking with Aleesah in Sydney and using our project technology, engaged with Aleesah on the interactive white board in their own classroom.

    Aleesah bought her books to life, using character props, answering questions and talking about life in Australia.An image of life 'down under'...

    Books Go Walkabout project – a SmithMartin LLP project providing real time conversations, speaking with authors in different countries, creating inspiration, reading more books, illustrating a world of diversity.

    Visit and subscribe for free to Book Monitor  , the Books go Walkabout project blog.

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  • World Reader and St Jordi’s Day in Barcelona

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    We had just met with Zev from the World Reader organisation at a World Literacy Foundation conference in Oxford. Some concepts just make sense form the start and this was our feelings for World Reader.

    It works by loading a Kindle with over 300 books taking to Africa, direct to communities where the children have the chance to read! No more expensive lorry loads of slightly used books trying to find their way across the continent and then being stopped and refused entry.

    This scheme actually works! You just need a small mind shift to know that children in Africa can access Kindles and benefit hugely from the supply of information at their fingertips.

     

    The inquiring and smiling faces says it all. World Reader projects has some excellent photos. Read the stories of how empowering this project is for the whole family, Daniel and his grandmother are just one example.

    We were invited to World Reader‘s new office celebrations and also to mark their ambition to get 1 million books into Africa. How amazing is that!

    la ramblaOn St Jordi’s day in Barcelona the streets were full, the tradition is to mark the day of their patron saint by sharing gifts; the man to buy the woman a flower and the woman to buy the man a book.

    At the SmithMartin Partnership we were delighted to celebrate with World Reader and look forward to being involved. It parallels and brings into one, our work with communities, children’s literature and modern technology solutions.

    Sue Martin

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