What have we accomplished together?
lettera 27 was the first international partner of Changemaker Schools Africa. This collaboration allowed for the individualization and selection of the first 60 Changemaker Schools in seven African countries, contributing to launching the Storytelling Workshop, an educational format replicated by Ashoka worldwide, along with the WikiAfrica Workshop devised by lettera27. Additionally, we contributed to and participated in the first symposium of the Changemaker Schools in South Africa held in Cape Town, from which a series of initiatives arose for changes in the country’s education system.
“The big vision: each school will be its own ‘storytelling hub’, illustrating and promoting the power of youth-led social innovation within the school, community, country and beyond.”
Storytelling Workshop at the African School for Excellence
Storytelling is a fundamental practice of the present world. It provides ideas and suggests solutions to long-standing issues; it allows you to identify with others, to put yourself in their shoes, to relive their experiences. Being able to tell the story of someone else is a key skill for a “change maker” — the one who triggers social change. That’s why both lettera27 and Ashoka identify storytelling as a key element to be developed for the Changemaker Schools in Africa.
A five-day storytelling workshop took place on 19-23 October at the African School of Excellence (ASE) in Johannesburg, where some 30 students learnt the basic techniques of script writing, storyboarding, video making, vlogging, and video interviewing in order to be able to tell the changemaker stories of their school and community. The workshop represented a pilot experiment to be later replicated in other schools in Africa, creating new “storytelling hubs.” In addition to the workshop, lettera27 conducted a two-day learning project dedicated to WikiAfrica, with the aim of introducing students and teachers to the most widely-used online encyclopedia in the world, and encouraging students to share stories related to their local communities and cultural heritage. During the workshop, the students jointly created the entries in Wikipedia for their county, Tsakane.