Sankofa is our exciting new digital storytelling project in collaboration with Cumbria DEC, SOSNA from Slovakia, and SEVER from the Czech Republic. Over the course of two years, we will be working with schools across our three countries to combine traditional storytelling techniques with digital technologies to explore local to global themes.
Working with schools, the partners are giving pupils the opportunity to gain skills in both storytelling and online recording, editing and sharing across national borders. Participants are developing their own language and digital skills, as well as their global awareness.
JANUARY 2019 | We headed to SEVER in Horní Maršov, for a week. We met our partners from Slovenia and Czech Republic.
We shared skills, learned all things storytelling and had the opportunity to find out more about the history of the area.
In this project that ‘looks back to move forward’, we are developing and delivering resources and training for teachers to give children the opportunity to gain skills in both storytelling and online recording, editing and sharing across national borders.
MARCH 2019 | We had the opportunity to visit our partners at CDEC.
We shared our work and discussed the next steps of the project, including our resource for teachers, to help students learn how to develop storytelling skills as a method of creating change.
Teachers are also developing their skills to prepare children to think critically about local to global themes. All participants are expanding their own language and digital skills, as well as their global awareness.
JULY 2019 | We finish the school year hard at work on the final version of the Learning Guide, excited to be getting it ready for teachers in the new school year.
The Learning Guide, along with planned training sessions, will help teachers to support their students to develop story telling skills in a digital world – all based around the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We look forward to creating and telling stories for a better world!
The first hand voice of practicing teachers enhanced our work when the wonderful Joe Howard from Elizabeth Selby Infant and Nursery School joined us.
The Sankofa Learning Guide for Teachers is now being used by project teachers to begin the work with their learners. Exciting classroom activities are underway including child-led video productions of ‘The Story of Us’.
We are looking forward to seeing how the children tell their own stories and consider how they can contribute to a better world through the Global Goals.
You can find more information about the project, here.