Growing up, I envied my friends who were fortunate enough to be living with their grandparents because they would get to hear interesting stories from them whenever they wanted to. As my father was in the defence services, my brother and I led a fairly nomadic life, and grew up looking for stories on our own.
What makes these pearls of wisdom by our elderly folks especially captivating isn’t just limited to fantastical narrations or moral lessons. They create blissful memories and a deep bond—things that every child should experience while growing up.
Which is precisely why a kindergarten school in Mangaluru is embarking on a truly unique project that aims to bring back the age-old tradition of storytelling by grandparents for kids!
“Gift a story to your grandchildren” is an initiative conceived by the Early Learning Centre (ELC) in Bejai Kapikad, which gives an opportunity to all grandparents, and anyone above 60, to record stories and share with the institute. These will then be uploaded on YouTube so that they can be enjoyed by not just their own grandkids but children across the world!
“To begin with, we are targeting 100 stories. The stories, not exceeding the duration of five minutes, should be original or local folk tales and should not have been copied from any epics and religious scriptures,” said Vijay Moraes, a coordinator at ELC to The New Indian Express.
The best part is that these stories will go live on the online platform on December 16, which is globally celebrated as Grandparents’ Day. Additionally, ELC will be acknowledging participants for their work through prizes, and the categories include—best story, best overall story, most popular story, best editing, and best cinematography.
Talking about the initiative, the school’s principal, Severine Rosario emphasised on the need to revive the tradition of storytelling, at least through social media.
For those who are interested, the last date of submission through WhatsApp is December 12. The institute is also open to people using their in-house studio to record the stories. The number to share the stories is 7026314999.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)