Following the incident with the schoolteacher, she asked the youngster whether a pair of headphones might help. He said they would.
Madiba asked other families in similar straits, and they all said headphones would make a big difference.
And so began a public campaign to seek donations of new headphones, or cash to buy them. In just a couple of weeks, the drive has netted more than 50 of what Madiba hopes will be at least 80 pairs of headphones, although more, she adds, would not go unused.
“There are six, seven, sometimes nine people in a one- or two-bedroom apartment, and because of the pandemic, they’re having to study at home. And these children can’t focus. They can’t study.”
The children, meanwhile, have been surprised and excited to learn of their audio windfall.
“They’re excited and relieved. The headphones will help them with school, first and foremost, but also just as escape to listen to music or a show on their device, to get that one moment just to be with themselves.”
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