Kathaastu! Creating Stories...
This is a chance for young minds (10-12 years) to have the space to stretch their creative muscles and enhance their perception and expression by engaging with stories in multiple ways.
A course for 10-12 year-olds...
The objective of the course is to open the participants’ minds to look at and respond to the
ordinary, everyday world differently.
In formal structured learning, children’s attention is often caught up in giving the correct
answer. This course endeavours to provide their young minds the space to stretch their
creative muscles while giving them a chance to enhance their perception and expression by
engaging with stories in multiple ways. Learning about the key elements of creating a story
as well as how to sculpt stories with specific tools, will form part of the experience.
The experience of engaging with stories provides layered experiential learning, though they
are often appreciated only for their entertainment value. The facilitator's lifelong experience
of connecting with stories is deeply woven with all her work and has made her realise its
immense worth in learning at the cognitive as well as the affective levels. Research shows
that even students with low motivation and weak academic skills are more likely to listen,
read, write and work in the context of storytelling.
Creation, no matter at what scale, provides a slice of fulfillment to our fantastic human mind
while being a celebration of our spirit. It makes us pause, observe, wonder, play, believe,
empathise, emote and share. All these elements are explored in this course. It enables us to
weave a tapestry with what we observe in the outer world and our inner world of thoughts,
feelings, ideas and impressions. Each one of us can experience the excitement and
satisfaction of creating something which has our unique personal stamp.
Masanobu Fukuoka, the father of natural farming, said -- "The ultimate goal of farming is not
the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings." This is a very small
step in that direction… through stories instead of farming!