Jungle Keeps Telling Stories
- By: Miranda Tait
- Short URL: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/jungle-keeps-telling-stories
Jungle Theatre Company’s artists and the children they work with are locked down in underprivileged areas. Please help Jungle by donating what you can so that we may create online storytelling and keep our 10 artists healthy and at home recording African Folktales in English, Afrikaans, and isiXhosa and allow us to share these stories with vulnerable children in feeding schemes, orphanages, and schools with few learning resources.
JTC is already in the process of creating some exciting ways for children, their parents and teachers to enjoy online resources. See here what we have done so far: https://jungletheatre.co.za/category/resources/
Children can experience our storytelling videos or audiobooks and also read an illustrated e-book or do some activities. JTC also aims to print e-books so their partners can distribute to beneficiaries who don’t have access to electronic devices.
JTC’s online resources will not only teach children about African Folktales; they will also encourage them to read; have fun; explore their imagination; strengthen their listening skills; develop awareness and a sense of pride for the various cultural stories.
With storytelling being one of the oldest and most powerful ways of teaching; its benefits are many i.e. It improves language skills & listening skills; it boosts memory and helps with concentration, speech, and understanding; it develops creative thinking skills and enhances cultural understanding own and other cultures, and it encourages story writing.
African Folktales, also known as myths, serve to communicate traditions, customs, lessons, and morals to the young in preparation for life's obstacles. Most African folktales have strong messages of ethics and values and are believed to have the power to hold the community together i.e. in unity: the ancestors, the living, and those not yet born. They serve to communicate traditions, customs, and lessons.
By creating and promoting online indigenous storytelling for children of relatable African Folktales, JTC aims to keep engaging their beneficiaries; artists and audiences during isolation. JTC, furthermore, invites young people to be in touch with nature, emotions, culture, heritage, and identity as well as assist the current crisis to positively influence the children; their parents the communities they live in and ultimately the future.
- May 14, 2020 - R 100.00
- "Love your work!" - Anonymous
- Apr 25, 2020 - R 525.00
- "Thank you for creating new stories in this difficult time. " - Kyoko
Jungle Theatre Company
Jungle Theatre Company was established as an NPO in 2004 to inspire and empower disadvantaged children & youth to make positive changes in their lives and build a peaceful and vibrant South Africa.
JTC’s professional artistic team from diverse communities draw on South Africa’s cultural heritage and indigenous languages to find connections to the environment and human nature, creating and performing original accessible African children’s theatre shows that bring together music, dance, masks, puppets, clowning and storytelling.