Storytelling, as an expressive art enables learners to be creative and express themselves in different ways, enjoy and contribute to others enjoyment through expressive performances. In schools storytelling helps pupils develop skills which are transferable, and also develop an appreciation of cultural values, identities and ideas. In some pupils, performance storytelling gives them a base to think about a career in expressive arts.
Photos courtesy of South Wales Argus Newspaper article: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/16286649.professional-story-teller-captivates-newport-school-pupils-with-visit/#gallery11
Creative Arts are the glue that makes learning fun. The Arts Council of Wales through their Lead Creative Scheme has been promoting creative practitioners to go into schools and share their creative practice. As a storyteller I have been benefitting from this project. I continue to work with dozens of schools using storytelling in a creative, collaborative, and fun-filled endeavour with the objective of raising oracy levels, reading and writing, and confidence building. These efforts are in line with the requirement by the Welsh government’s curriculum for the study of English Key Stage 2-4.
These workshops and performances I conduct are immersive and interactive. Here are some pictures from some of the schools I have worked with.
Tuwezeshe Akina Dada is a bespoke project that aims to give voice to young African women. It aims to empower them against all forms of violence and help them to develop their leadership skills thereby helping to influence and shape the decisions and actions that impact upon them.
The project’s main focus is to work with young women from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Somaliland as well as here in Wales, and across the UK. This project was launched by Sub Sahara Advisory Panel at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff on the 10th of March 2017. Among the guest speakers were Plaid Cymru’s Leanne Wood whose message was “nationhood, visibility and empowerment. Welsh Labour Assembly member, Jenny Rathbone, called for greater role for African women in the diaspora to influence policy discussions.
As a storyteller, I shared with the audiences the story of How The Cat Became A Woman’s Best Friend. This was a story about a woman’s resilience as told to me by my grandmother when I was seven years old.
Newport is a small city in Wales. It has a vibrant Zimbabwean Community and among this community is the Zimbabwe Newport Volunteering Association led by Robert Muza. One of the aims the Zimbabwe Newport Volunteering Association is promoting community links and exchange visits between Newport and the Mufakose community in Harare, Zimbabwe. On the 18th of February 2017, the Zimbabwe Newport Volunteering Association hosted a family day. the day was filled with Zimbabwean storytelling, drumming, music, dancing and over and above everything else the attendees enjoyed the Zimbabwean cuisine. I enjoyed sharing traditional Zimbabwean folklore and playing mbira music for the audience.