11-Year-old Cape Town boy's cartoons to help to fight illiteracy

11-Year-old Cape Town boy's cartoons to help to fight illiteracy

An 11-year-old from Plumstead has plans to use his skills as a cartoonist to help children acquire a love of books and reading

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He might well be a prodigy. Reece Swartz is just eleven years old but he draws cartoons effortlessly wherever he is and whenever he feels like it.

He has an active and vivid imagination which he plans to tap into to create a wordless comic book telling a story which can be “read” by children of any language or reading ability, and even those who aren’t yet able to read.

“I want my cartoons to especially reach children who can’t read and write. They must enjoy it as much as other children enjoy reading books,” said the Grade 6 pupil at John Graham Primary in Plumstead.

Briefly.co.za gathers that Reece has been drawing since he was two years old, and his passion for sketching was elevated in Grade 2, when his teacher told him to make a 3D drawing of the classroom.

He has already drawn hundreds of cartoon characters each of which takes him less than three minutes to complete. “I usually just draw whatever I can think of. I think of how I can make people laugh, so there is always a funny idea behind each cartoon,” he explained.

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His parents, Lucille and Jerome, are huge supporters of his work. His mum said they have grown so used to him doing this it has become “normal” for them all. “I hope that he grows as he helps other children through his talent,” she enthused.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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