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Travelling Tales project connects student stories from around the world

 

In 2015 the United Nations member countries adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to provide a blueprint for all countries to work together in partnership to address poverty, inequality, food security, health, education, clean water, air pollution, among many other world issues, as a way of improving global peace and prosperity (see https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org).

The SDGs have provided a unique catalyst for educators around the world to engage their students in world issues and learn about global citizenship. One of the innovative educational initiatives that has evolved from the SDGs is the Travelling Tales project whereby students in different countries collaborate to highlight one or several of the SDGs through storytelling. Educators from various countries agree to create a project and their students add contributing segments to an emerging story. One group of students will select SDGs, write a script and prepare accompanying drawings to support a narrated story that is recorded on video. After this beginning segment, another group of students will contribute an additional piece of the story which presents a problem, and this segment will then be forwarded to another group of students in another country who will develop possible solutions. Yet another group will conclude the narrative. In this way a final video is produced and shared which is a true collaborative effort of many student voices from around the world who learn from each other about important global issues.


 Telling Tales at Bell High School

The EFI grade 7/8 class of teacher Mme. Allison Fuisz has been involved in several Telling Tales projects in both English and French. Here is a link to one of their Travelling Tales entitled “Le soleil est!”. Mme. Fuisz really finds the students are highly motivated to work on these types of projects “because they are all focussed on the SDGs so the age of the students or their location doesn’t really matter; the students have a shared vision of learning and actioning for a better world.” The most recent student project has involved Bell HS, two schools in Luxemburg, a school in Vietnam and a school in the US. This project involves SDGs #3, (health) #11 (sustainable cities), #13 (climate action) and #15 (life on land) and can be seen at this link.

 Photo: Bell High School students (l-r) Ethan, David, Lucas, Gloria, Jack and Julia setting up to record their Traveling Tales script for their most recent collaboration with students in other countries


  Travelling Tales at Featherston Drive Public School

Grade 6/7 students in Samantha Conley’s class at Featherston Drive Public School have contributed to two Travelling Tale projects, one on SDG #14 Life Under Water and more recently on SDG #5 on Gender Equality. The Travelling Tale on Gender Equality involved a collaboration of students with other schools in India, Ukraine, Spain and the United States. The students like how they can plan and organize themselves to take on different roles and showcase their skills, including script writing, recording the narrative and drawing the supporting artwork. Student Rokayah commented that the SDGs show how “the individual SDGs are actually all interconnected together. The SDGs connect to things in everyday life. The Travelling Tales project allows us connect with other countries, students and people who are also passionate about how the world can develop.” Many of the students felt that the Travelling Tales project and the SDGs provided a meaningful way to learn about global issues and understand the news, as indicated by Mariam: “The SDGs make me think…. I notice more things now.” The Traveling Tale on Gender Equity can by viewed HERE.

 photo:Standing in front of their Travelling Tale bulletin board on SDG #5, Gender Equality, are (l-r) Edris, Ms. Samantha Conley, André, Rokayah, Mariam from Featherston Drive Public School

 
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