Story Telling

Story telling instead of stubborn memorization

Stubborn memorization still is common practice, especially in rural areas. But that is already changing.

In 2009, the Indian government introduced compulsory education for children aged six to fourteen. But putting this basic right for education into practice is a tough task.

In rural areas, classes with 60, 80 or 100 students are not uncommon. One in four teachers often doesn't come to class because they are overwhelmed.

In the Shanti Ananda School we of course have better conditions, and particularly story telling is an integral part of every subject.

Students remember stories better than just dry, factual information. It promotes critical thinking, empathy and creativity - and that is our goal.

By the way: A class at Shanti Ananda School has an average of around 20 children.


even in rural, remote areas ...


... illiteracy is decreasing

Zahrunissa "story-tells" us about how to
avoid stomache pain
       School books offer stories too

Even if it is difficult to implement in practice in a country with 1.4 billion people, school books have contained educationally valuable content in recent years.

I copied two stories from the school book BLOSSOMS 4 (for ten-year-olds), they convey valuable life wisdom.

 ... and not just for children :-)


for children age 10

"Birbal Caught the Thief"
a BLOSSOMS 4 story
"The Seed of Truth"
another BLOSSOMS 4 story
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