Sunday, 01 March 2015 00:00

Shaping children’s ability of imagination through storytelling

A storytelling competition was held in Afghanistan to develop students’ communication skills, to enhance public speaking skills, to develop the habit of reading and to improve students’ awareness about personal health and hygiene, history and culture. There were four main tiers of the storytelling competition: schools tier, district tier, province tier, and the central tier. The storytelling competition was launched on December 2014 in seven provinces (Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Balkh, Jawzjan, Hirat and Nangarhar) with 11,954 BRAC school students, 96 per cent of them being girls.
The final and the last tier of the storytelling competition was held in Kabul. Farzana from community-based accelerate learning school (CBALS) and Samira from community based feeder school (CBFS) from Kabul got the first position and won the trophies among other 12 competitors. Nadera, a student of CBALS and Omal Banin, a student of CBFS got the second prize from Herat province.

Mr Ghulam Jelani Hamayun the deputy minister for Academic Affairs of the Ministry of Education (MoE) of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Prof Mohammad Naem Bahin general director of General Education, Mr Abdul Wassay Arian the general director of Planning and Evaluation of MoE, Ms Hamida Sadat Nezami the director of Basic and Secondary Education, Mr Abdul Haque Rahmati director for Academic Affairs of Teacher Education Directorate (TED), Mr Bashir Wardak provincial education director of Kabul Province, Dr Said Mansur Kabul City education director, Mr Shakerullah Shaker the representative of Canadian Embassy in Afghanistan, Ms Katrina Aitken Laird the GEC country coordinator, Shura Leaders, parents, teachers and other students of BRAC schools attended the final event.

Ghulam Jelani Hamayun said “this is a very good and effective initiative from BRAC Afghanistan. We are really thankful to all BRAC teams in Afghanistan for implementing the education programme and arranging these kinds of competitions among students in Afghanistan. “We are committed to the Afghan people and international community to provide education for those who do not have access to education, and this project is one of them” he added.

Mr Jalaluddin Ahmed, the country representative of BRAC Afghanistan thanked all partners and donors and said it’s a great pleasure for BRAC Afghanistan that it has been successful in organising this final event of the storytelling competition. “I would like to say that this small effort has multiplier effects upon the psyche of the children in shaping their ability of imagination, linking them with their thoughts, and expressing them as lessons learned.”

At the end of the event the country representative of BRAC Afghanistan announced upcoming debate and drawing competition amongst CBS students which is planned to be held at the end of 2015.