Teacher pens educational COVID-19 poems

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BY SHARON SIBINDI

A TEACHER at Swazi High in Mzingwane district, Thembisani Ndlovu has penned educational poems on COVID-19 stirred by the increase in new infections and a spike in the number of citizens succumbing to the virus.

In an interview with NewsDay Life & Style, Ndlovu said the poems  would be turned into a short anthology.

“My poems are educational and acknowledge our President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Health and Child Care ministry, World Health Organisation (WHO) for kick-starting COVID-19 vaccination programme.

“The poems carry the message on the importance of vaccination against COVID-19, wearing of masks correctly covering mouth and nose, hand washing after visiting public places, practising social distancing, avoiding crowded places, hugs and hand shaking, staying at home and avoiding unnecessary movement, self-isolation, behaviour change so as to stop the spread of the virus and many other issues,” he said.

Ndlovu said through his poems he sought to educate the citizens about the importance of vaccinations and how behaviour change can help in stopping the spread of the virus.

“There is poor response and negativity about vaccines by most people and it is my wish to help spread the importance of getting vaccinated against COVID-19,” he said.

“I started penning the poems during our first lockdown in 2020 and I do this during my spare time since schools have been closed due to COVID-19.

“I am looking forward to studio recordings of these poems.”

Some of Ndlovu’s poems include, Hand Washing, Heal the World from COVID-19, Don’’t get Caught with Your Mask Down, God’s Mercy, Be Responsible and Act Now.

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