A Treasure Trove of Stories!
A year ago, Pratham and Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver (an initiative of Pratham Books) announced a collaboration to develop and grow a repository of free, openly licensed reading resources for young children. Children’s Day 2021 marked the anniversary of this collaboration and to celebrate, over one thousand stories were made available for public access across two platforms – Pratham Education Foundation’s Pratham Open School and StoryWeaver.
- Stories in 10 Indian languages and English
- “Special Story Packs” in regional languages
- Fun activities to get you going!
Stories in ten Indian languages and English
Children who are learning to read need to have easy and steady access to simple, interesting and fun stories. The Pratham-StoryWeaver collaboration now has uploaded more than 600 stories in Hindi, Marathi, Bangla, Gujarati, Odia, Urdu, Assamese, Punjabi, Kannada, Telugu and English.
“Special Story Packs” in regional languages
In addition to the collection of new stories on StoryWeaver, a rich variety of additional stories are also available on the Pratham Open School website. You can “read”, “listen” and use “highlighted” stories. There are “special packs” which are truly special as the stories are from different kinds of people who are usually not considered to be writers but love reading and children. The special packs from Himachal, Tripura and Assam have stories written by government school teachers, cluster, block, district and state level officials. In the Assam special pack, there are stories for emergent readers as well as fluent readers with colourful illustrations by local artists that capture the flavour of the region and its communities. The package includes content in Assamese as well as many of the other languages in Assam, such as Rabha (Rangdani), Rabha (Koch), Santhali and Bodo. From Bihar we have a collection of 100 stories written and illustrated by people in Bihar. Bangla stories are largely from rural areas including lovely stories written by teachers and children of a primary school. Punjab’s special pack includes stories on water and sanitation that were developed with the help of the government’s water and sanitation department. There are also audio stories in Hindi and English (in collaboration with Aaate Bate) and highlighted stories in Hindi and Marathi that make reading fun.
To celebrate this growing repository of stories, we conducted the Kahaniyaan hi Kahaniyaan campaign for one week starting, November 14, 2021. During this week, Pratham teams in 20 states worked with local volunteers, mothers, and community members to share one story a day and do a variety of activities like role play, drawing and storytelling, among others. It was a fun and interactive way for children to read, learn and engage with a variety of stories.
A campaign like this is a fun way to help children read, learn and engage with stories. You can conduct your own Kahaniyaan hi Kahaniyaan campaign and have some story fun with children, your friends and your network!
Here is a package to help you conduct your own story campaign (Click on the image below):