We develop materials delivered in a bilingual format aimed at Pre-Primary/Foundation Phase children. They are used in both private and public schools, but are also excellent for parents to read with and to their children. Using basic words and structures these simplified fun materials feature colourful and bright illustrations to stimulate the imagination. The themes and vocabulary introduce children to essential everyday words. Our materials are approved by the Department of Basic Education and we are endorsed by the Department of Arts & Culture.
PARENTS, KIDS and Schools
"My children love Lula and Lebo, as they can identify with the characters who look like them, as African children. I value Puo products as they are instrumental to the Sesotho part of our trilingual journey and in adding to diversity to our reading."
"As a Pedi woman who is married to a Zulu man and living in the suburbs, I worried about what language my son would speak... When I came across Puo products, I was excited to have finally found tools that could help me teach him our languages. The flash cards were great to start with and gave us the platform to build both languages into our everyday lives."
"Kgololo Academy scholars are growing their brains and preparing for university by reading fun and educational stories written in native South African languages. Our scholars especially love the Lula and Lebo series!"
"The sentences written in the vernacular (isiZulu) and translated into English promotes understanding and makes the text user-friendly. The themes used throughout are relevant and appropriate to life in the 21st Century. I find Puo resources extremely valuable and complementary to my teaching."
Who we are:
I wanted to create materials for children that were developed from a postive African perspective, and Puo is the beginning of that process.
By exposing children to Africa's great civilizations, her many languages, her rich cultures and beautiful sights, I am hoping that her children - near and far - will draw from her with pride.
So with that, I invite you to purchase our products, speak to children about Africa, submit your comments in our blog, tell us how you have approached heritage in your home, what you are grappling with, how you've overcome this, and of course, some proud moments of your child.
Award winning writer, academic, and former Vice-Chancellor of the University Cape Town. His publications include Fools and Other Stories,which won the Noma Award, Africa’s highest literary award for the best book published in Africa in 1984; the highly acclaimed The Cry of Winnie Mandela; the influential essays on South African literature and culture in Rediscovery of the Ordinary; and Fine Lines from the Box: Further Thoughts on our Country which won the 2008 Sello Duiker Memorial Award for Literature. Dubbed by some as a public thinker, he writes incisive critiques on the public space in South African democracy.He is currently a Fellow of the University of Cape Town, Honorary Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, and the Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg.
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o
One of the most prolific writers on the African continent with more than thirty books published and translated into more than thirty languages.
Some of his more famous titles include: The Black Hermit,Weep Not Child, The River Between, A Grain of Wheat, Petals of Blood, Wizard of the Crow, Decolonising the Mind, Moving the Centre, and Globalectics.
His works have earned him many honors including the 2001 Nonino International Prize for Literature and eight honorary doctorates and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
He is currently Distinguished Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.