My experience as a storyteller | Jorabagan police station

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When I started storytelling sessions at the Jorabagan police station in November 2017, the children appeared reserved except for a handful who were enthusiastic right from the beginning. I worked on this over the months that I conducted sessions and noticed that more and more children became involved.  Throughout the sessions, I combined storytelling with memory…

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1971 in Classrooms | Modern High School for Girls

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‘Have you ever met or spoken to anyone from Pakistan?’ ‘Yes!’ ‘So, what comes to mind when you think about Pakistan?’ ‘Jinnah!’ ‘The flag!’ ‘A sudden patriotism during cricket matches!’ ‘What comes to mind when you think about Bangladesh?’  ‘Bangal and Ghoti!’  ‘Cultural difference!’  ‘Ilish!’  ‘You really have to explain that to me,’ said a…

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1971 in Classrooms | Chowringhee High School

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‘What are your thoughts about Pakistan?’ Anam asked the assembled students. There was only a brief hesitation, before one of them piped up. ‘Cricket! ’ The conversation between Anam Zakaria, author and educationist and eleven students from Chowringhee High School (classes 9 and 10) and two of their teachers took place on 30 June. ‘What…

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Sharing stories | Child Care centre

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Today it was the turn of the girls at the centre to share stories with the group. The first story, which was written and narrated by Sakina, was about a young man who wanted to learn music and dance, much against the wishes of his parents, who wanted him to become a doctor. After facing…

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Memory Walk, Pune | 17, 18, 19 April 2018

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The third Memory Walk in India was conducted by Aaron Peterer and Yan Paul Dubbelman at Delhi Public School, Pune from 17-19 April 2018. We had a (large!) group of 19 secondary school students, each with their own opinions and very strong convictions. We began the workshop with introductions—in a circle, on the basketball court—accompanied…

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