|Mr Savansay Kyong (25) practices storytelling to a group of pre-children in Ban Nalek Kindergarten.|
The man is Mr Savansay Kyong or Ot (25). He is from the Lao Theung ethnic group and a village facilitator for Community Based School Readiness Centre “Learning through Play” in Ta Oi district of Saravan province. Today he is practicing how to tell stories to children as part of his training from the Ministry of Education and Sports. After greeting the children, he opens the storybook and starts telling the story using techniques he has learned. Children are immediately excited by the colourful books, the tone and engaging manner of his storytelling. Nerves slowly melting away and Mr Ot starts to relax into his role.
“When I first arrived at this school and came into the classroom, I felt very nervous because I don’t know how to tell stories well,” Mr Ot says. “The children in this kindergarten look very different from the children in my village, they are not shy and are very active. Thanks to the beautiful storybooks and lesson plans I’m learning. I can attract children’s attention and get them to engage. Now I feel more confident to tell stories to children back in my home village”.
|Ms Bin Bouddalavong holds up a My Village storybook|
|Mrs Viengkeo Phommachak|
The Community Based Readiness Centre initiative, “Learning through Play”, is supported by UNICEF Lao PDR.
Story and Photos: Tabongphet Phouthavong, Communication Specialist, UNICEF Lao PDR.