African Folktales Project
An open dialogue on indigenous knowledge found in stories that promote sustainable development
Welcome to The African Folktales Project (AFP), a rich resource of indigenous wisdom and knowledge passed down as stories from the first human civilizations in Africa to the present. The AFP is founded on the notion that we are all ancestors of the future and the custodians of knowledge vital to our continued co-existence with our natural world. This project is a continuous dialogue about how the individual choices that we make today will impact the survival of tomorrow's civilizations on our shared planet. Through a careful selection of courses on offer, we provide access to a digital curriculum of African Indigenous Knowledge Education that is carefully designed to provide holistic solutions to the challenges of achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs). We use oral storytelling as the pedagogical approach to passing down this knowledge. The AFP folktales have been re-invented to inspire all learners and educators to re-imagine a future where all citizens of the world work together to promote sustainable development and protect our natural landscapes.
"African indigenous knowledge has weathered all storms, taking refuge in the villages, in the forests, and in the spirit of generations ..." (Amilcar Cabral)
The AFP's flagship offerings include a book club that introduces children to the concept of sustainable development and virtual school visits that are broadcast directly into classrooms during or before lessons. These sessions offer teachers a much-needed break between different classes and can also substitute a whole school assembly presentation. The stories provide a change in pace for young children, boosting their attention and sparking their natural imaginations as they learn to create their personal narratives.
The unique teachers' pod is designed using the principles of ubuntu philosophy as a pedagogical approach to telling collective human stories. Educators at all professional levels learn to identify parts of themselves in each other as peers and as a result, they help children embrace each other's full range of human experiences.
Each storytelling session is an opportunity to pass the baton of ancestral wisdom to future storytellers to promote the spirit of global citizenship.