South Africa: Man On a Mission - Art Teacher's Quest to Keep Hope Alive As Lockdown Hits Township

After his art school in Joe Slovo township near Port Elizabeth was closed when SA went into lockdown, teacher and education activist John Lombardo started raising funds for the families of the township. In the week since lockdown he has provided food and support to many people whose lives have been turned upside down - with one mission: To get the precious artists he is teaching through the next three weeks.

The Monday before lockdown started, art teacher, founder of ArtWorks for Youth and education activist John Lombardo sat down to write a letter to his students about what to do during the lockdown.

President Cyril Ramaphosa had just announced South Africa would go into a three-week lockdown on Friday 27 March in an attempt to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Regulations severely restricted people's movement and led to many businesses closing for three weeks and several retrenchments.

John Lombardo in the classroom where he teaches.

(Photo: Supplied)

This is what Lombardo wrote in his letter:

"Please do all on this list while we are apart: Some of you have taken a book or two. Read them to yourself, out loud and to your families. If you don't have...

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