Dr Lydia Abel has a passion for literacy development and a deep understanding of the complex issues that confound rural and township education. She believes that reading with comprehension is a basic human right, without which democracy is not possible. Her doctorate in Cognitive Remediation of Teachers was awarded in 1997 at UWC.
Lydia has spent the last two decades working to improve literacy rates and cognition in science, maths and, more recently, technology, in South Africa. Her past experience as an education development specialist includes work across all levels of education, including monitoring and evaluating education projects.
With this background in teaching and upliftment, she has become fascinated by how knitting as a craft can become a social and educational tool. She has travelled through the Western and Eastern Cape researching knitting in rural environments, and how it can become a means of empowerment to previously disadvantaged communities through entrepreneurship.
She has been working with a group of ladies in Manenberg since 2000, helping them to design and market a range of knitwear which is now sold locally and abroad.