National Storytelling Week January 26th-2nd February 2019

I am sitting in a second-hand bookshop surrounded by books wondering what I could say about the importance of the ancient art of African oral storytelling. With all these books around, why on earth is it important to tell stories orally? What is the point of the spoken word? Why encourage it in schools and communities? Why should we promote National Storytelling week ?

Storytelling A window to your Imagination:

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The Benefits of Storytelling are so many as the story-teller gains in Confidence.
You learn to express yourself with clarity while influencing your audience.
You find your own authentic voice as you hone your drama skills, narration skills and musical/ rhythmic skills while entertaining and improvising.
 Creativity increases as you use your imagination.
Storytelling enriches, connects community and promotes belonging and is such fun!
Many schools encourage debating clubs why aren’t there many storytelling clubs?
Maybe National Story telling week would be a good week to start!
Over the years I have had the great privilege of visiting many schools as a storyteller. What I have loved most as a storyteller is, every time I tell a story,  the story seems to transform itself to suit the children or the surroundings…its never the same and you cannot get that in a book!

Swahili for Beginners

Swahili is spoken by over 100 million East Africans.

It is mainly spoken in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia and the DRC.

Here are a few basic words in Swahili:

Jambo    Hi

Hujambo  Hello

Habari?  How are you?

Muzuri    I am fine

Karibu Welcome

Tafadhali  Please

Asante     Thank you

Asante sana  Thank you very much

Ndiyo     Yes

Apana     No

Kwaheri  Goodbye

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Five Reasons why oral storytelling should be encouraged in schools:

1.Oral storytelling encourages confidence as young people have to improvise as they tell there own version of a story

2. It can be used as a healing tool as children are encouraged to express or make sense of perhaps trauma, anxiety or fears they have

3. Storytelling is a powerful tool it can influence and change peoples opinions. By empowering young people at a young age to articulate their ideas clearly, you are equipping them to become effective influencers in whatever field they find themselves in later on in life

4. Storytelling builds community and is a fantastic tool for team building

5. Storytelling is fun and entertaining