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Children love to hear and read stories that help them discover their own uniqueness and affirm good values. I use the vehicle of storytelling and story creation to drive home important messages like honesty, self acceptance and building safer communities.

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School projects

  1. 1. School projects Hannah Yaawusuah Adjepong
  2. 2. 2 Introduction “My sessions are specially created to answer some of the problems children face today. They cover critical thinking, listening and speaking skills. Also they involve intercultural understanding, diversity and using symbols to communicate. Children are empowered to be active global citizens by learning to build a caring and supportive community. I was invited to work with Telford and Wrekin Council Schools, Multicultural Development Services as a storyteller after giving a key note speech at Black history month celebration. The sessions and school assemblies have developed into the creation of beautifully illustrated children’s books with unique messages.” Biography: Hannah Yaawusuah Adjepong is a retired nurse/midwife has lived in the United Kingdom for the past three decades. She is an award-winning international poet, storyteller and published author. Born and raised in a Ghanaian village where stories, music and dance were used as educational tools for centuries, Hannah’s stories are crafted in response to some of the problems children face today. She is a passionate and inspiring lady who uses her skills as a storyteller to inspire and educate children and adults. Her message is that despite outward appearances we are all the same and should dwell on the positive in each other and ourselves. We have a common humanity and should practice self- acceptance.
  3. 3. 3 + Panda Song: Panda Song is a humorous story about all the animals living in an imaginary rainforest. They wonder how the Creator painted them in all their different colours. Pamela Panda doesn’t think she’s beautiful like the other creatures. This story teaches children to discover the joy of living in supportive and caring community. It also helps to build confidence in children with low self-esteem. Zelia The Young Gazalle: An enchanting story about a baby gazelle named Zelia who is fascinated by the world around her and has many questions for her parents, Fabra and Tetegumu. She explores the plains of Africa where she lives and very curios about other animals. Children will love to read about Zelia and her exploration of the world around her. Zelia’ story is about family communication. The book helps parents to discuss emotive issues with their children. Spotty Blue Ted: This is the saga of Blue Ted, a little blue teddy bear who lived in the Land of Blue Grain, which was really his owner Tom’s bedroom. One day Blue Ted’s life changes in a wonderful way and he finds that he has become a real live bear! Sporty Blue Ted addresses the excitement of a new beginning, like starting school or nursery, meeting new people and making friends. Reading the book will help parents discuss real issues such as rejection, feeling lost and learning the value of friendship. Anyi’s Cat: This book is about a little girl who loves animals. She rescues a kitten which was being mishandled. Although she already has a cat she still brought it home without her parent’s consent. Later her parents found out the kitten was missing and had to be returned to the owner. Anyi’s cat teaches children to be kind and caring towards animals and to not keep things that do not belong to them. Published books
  4. 4. 4 “GOD’s Wonderful World”, I covered the everyday things, which bring happiness. I talked about grandparents and babies. I also talked about the whole world as if it were a village where we need to watch out for each other and care for those who are vulnerable and take care of the environment by keeping surroundings tidy and using recycling bins. “It Is Good To Be Me” Every one of us is very special and can do some things others may not be able to do. Equality and Diversity means accepting that everyone is given a talent for the benefit of society, so that we can all live in harmony. When people become lazy or don’t care, we are all affected. If we do not learn to forgive and help each other, many more people will live sad lives. Learning to appreciate what each person does brings the community together. Special Places I got the children involved to talk about places that are special to them. It was a time of sharing about listening. I spoke about a lady who found a very special place when she sat quietly and listened to a good teacher. It changed her life. Listening is very important because we learn about what other people see in us and it motivates us to be the best we can be. Full day Story time Structure  9.10 - 10.10 am Class 1 Workshop (KS1)  10.15 - 10.30 am Assembly  10.30 - 10.45 am Breaktime  10.50 - 12.00 noon Class 2 Workshop (KS2)  12.00 - 1.00 pm Lunchtime  - 1.40 pm Class 1 Workshop (KS1)  1.50 - 2.30 pm Class 2 Workshop (KS2)  2.40 - 3.20 pm Sharing Assembly of days activities with parents School Story Time School story time & Educational Equalities Enrichment Projects
  5. 5. 5 School Workshops School story time & Educational Equalities Enrichment Projects “All different- All Equal” I used silk flowers and got children to choose their favourite flower and colour. We then made a beautiful arrangement with all the flowers to show how beautiful society can be when we work together even though we are different. “Ghanaian Culture Children’s Workshop” Learning about Ghana in detail this includes the country’s history, languages spoken and Ghanaian food. The workshop also taught children about Ghana’s natural resources some of which connects us globally such as cola nuts and cocoa beans. Rubber trees, gold and diamond mines. The children learn about crafts and musical instruments. They also learned to create their own stories in groups which they shared with to the rest of the school and their parents who were invited. “Millennium development goals” I discussed the Eight Millennium goals with children concentrating on the universal primary education goal. The workshop highlighted to children the importance of primary education, which is lacking globally affecting 123 million children and young people. Workshop Structure  9.10 - 10.10 am Class 1 Workshop (KS1)  10.15 - 10.30 am Assembly  10.30 - 10.45 am Breaktime  10.50 - 12.00 noon Class 2 Workshop (KS2)  12.00 - 1.00 pm Lunchtime  - 1.40 pm Class 1 Workshop (KS1)  1.50 - 2.30 pm Class 2 Workshop (KS2)  2.40 - 3.20 pm Sharing Assembly of days activities with parents
  6. 6. 6 Educational Enrichment Programme “Ghanaian Culture” Staff Workshop School staff meetings were held with senior managers from SMDS. Ghanaian culture, family structure, place of religion and child rearing practice were explained. School staff were taught in detail about the expectations of children in terms of behavior and the place of discipline including corporal punishment. The session included how Ghanaian culture may affect new comers in the country such as making eye contact with authority figures, which is considered disrespectful. Staff testimonials “Hannah is very engaging and everyone was enthralled. I honestly felt that it was all great and really enjoyable. The content was organized and it was naturally delivered, lots about the family and tradition in Ghana. This helps us to understand more about the culture our lovely Ghanaian students come from. An inspiring woman who conveyed how important her culture and country is to her. Also how proud she is of the progress her country is making.” - Helen Bibby, Lakeside Academy Telford Hannah had everyone engaged and involved with her presentation. It really helped to have a Ghanaian person explaining about the culture. Hannah really brought it to life. It was all really interesting and engaging the PowerPoint was a useful introduction and the talk that followed kept our interest throughout. Probably the best part was when Hannah presented a male member of staff with cup of tea as if he was a Ghanaian husband! - Ruth Mason, Lakeside Academy Telford
  7. 7. 7 Panda song was launched on the 5th of March 2013 at the open gates theatre in Telford. 600 people attended the launch at which three local school choirs joined together to sing their own songs as well as panda song. Please follow the address below for a video trailer of the event. http://youtu.be/MMw2ENac0Fo “It was fantastic, the children loved it they were really into the performance and they loved listening to Hannah. She’s so interesting she had them in the palm of her hands and she always tells interesting stories. She always catches the children’s imagination. It was a wonderful evening.” - Choir leader St Patricks School Wellington “My favourite book is Panda Song. My favourite bit is “You are a very beautiful bear like me. You must learn to love yourself as you are and stop wishing you were different.” - Amy Lake Aged Eight Appley Wood Primary School Telford “The book illustrates how policies on lifelong learning are themselves in part premised on the contribution education and training can make to promote an inclusive society. Social exclusion offends against human dignity, denies people their fundamental human rights and leads, to marginalization thereby deepening inequalities. The book illustrates social exclusion and inclusion.” - Solomon A.Kumah, London Panda’s Song Launch
  8. 8. 8 Description: From the overwhelming positive feedback I received from teachers, parents and grandparents I was inspired to convert Panda Song into a theatre production in partnership with Simply Smiley Productions. The story communicates the positive and powerful message of self- acceptance, confidence and the importance of friendship. Panda song will be performed in Shropshire schools as an on-stage play for children in key stage two to fit the national curriculum. This will also involve the school liaison via head of year or headmaster initially. Aims and objective  Panda’s Song has been converted into a stage production  To create a community with children from different schools, by learning to interact with each other as they explore the emotions of the characters in the story.  Children will understand the importance of inclusion , will develop their emotional intelligence, communication skills and creative potential. Panda’s Song is now a stage production. Please click on the following links to view the trailers. http://youtu.be/4IeGHDpnpm g http://youtu.be/eGVclcKcqHY Panda Song and Future Projects Schools may book Panda’s Song production From this site or from Simply Smiley Productions.
  9. 9. 9 Project Description: The project will follow the journey of cocoa beans from a farm in Ghana to England supermarkets. The project will last a year and involve key stage two children from three schools from Shropshire. Aims and objectives:  To develop intercultural understanding.  To empower children to actively engage in global citizenship. Project Outcome: 1000 children from three schools will benefit from this project which will help them appreciate the journey of the cocoa bean, the hard work it takes to produce cocoa and the various people involved in bringing them their favorite snack. Future project Snack Learn and Connect
  10. 10. 10 Section of Schools Visited From 2004-2014
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  12. 12. + “I enjoyed the book. It inspires people who are down I'd say. The message is very encouraging and well written. You could say it paints a picture of the story in my mind."  Key Stage Two Pupil (Windmill Primary School & Children's Centre) “MANY MANY THANKS for yesterday. The students (and staff!) loved you. I do hope you will come back another time.”  Cath Pocock “Thank you for all the wonderful sessions you have completed for us this for the Educational Equalities Enrichment Sessions. Your work has been invaluable to the schools and us. They have been very much appreciated by SMDS and by the schools”  Jenny Mcbride – Senior Administrator SMDS, Dale Acre Way Testimonials And samples of Children’s work Testimonials –
  13. 13. 13 To view more videos of Hannah, please visit You Tube: Hannah Yaawusuah Adjepong “She captivated the Year 7’s with her exciting and unusual stories. There were so many interesting things to see and hear”  Abraham Derby Academy “Your reputation is still sky high from your last visit!”  Windmill Primary School and Children’s Centre “As always we welcome you into our school with open arms and you never leave us without our gratitude and warmth and us having learned huge amounts from you.”  Windmill Primary School and Children’s Centre “My son was at the High Ercall session & thoroughly enjoyed it!”  Parent Hannah has been working with the young people of Meole Brace School, Shrewsbury, for the past three years as part of our annual Multi-Cultural Week of activities. Her work involves the culture, traditions and storytelling folklore of her Ghanaian background. Hannah works with groups of between 25-50 students of ages 11-14 and her sessions are always eagerly anticipated and hugely enjoyed by staff and students alike. Hannah is a reliable, committed and much valued friend of Meole Brace School and I would not hesitate to recommend her to any school or other organization. Richard Tillman Assistant Headteacher Meole Brace School Shrewsbury

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