Happy World Storytelling Day!

Today is World Storytelling Day! I bet you didn’t know that did you?

For many years communities in Mexico and South America have been using the National Day of the Storyteller on the 20th March to celebrate the role stories play in learning and in keeping history and culture alive through the generations.

Since the early 90s communities of storytellers from around the world have also been using the spring (or autumn if you’re in the southern hemisphere!) equinox to learn from each other and create international contacts. I am not sure how many people get involved but I will be keeping an eye on #WSD12 today!

Each year has a different theme, and this year’s theme is trees so I thought I would get in the spirit of things and share some pictures and stories from mine and Ben Langdon’s recent trip to Ghana.

Trees are an importing meeting place and hub of activity in many communities. Here these boys have a bird’s eye view of a school drama which is about at the issue of teenage pregnancy.

It was 40 degrees on the day this photograph was taken. When the sun is punishing and classrooms become stifling hot you can’t underestimate the importance of having a tree to study under. Many schools are now planting trees as a way of making their environments more conducive to learning.

These aren’t really trees, but they came from a tree! In Ghana, classroom resources are in short supply so VSO is helping teachers to think creatively about how they can bring lessons to life for children. These twigs are being used as a teaching aid in a maths lesson.

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