Our Vision

 

The Aladdin team strives to accomplish the following:-

  1. Show how we can use Intergenerational Storytelling Activities for the development of key competences for young people in disadvantaged situations
  2. In collaboration with retired Older Volunteers, develop and test educational materials based on Storytelling Techniques adapted for…
  • language teaching for migrants with low language skills
  • developing entrepreneurial skills for migrant and minority members with low educational level
  • enhancing social and communication skills and increasing motivation to learn for young people with poor school performance; economic obstacles, or with limited social skills

 

Why do we choose to use storytelling?

 

We think that Storytelling provides the ideal vehicle for competence acquisition, empowerment and social inclusion and to stimulate the intercultural dialogue (Sheherazade – 1001 Stories for Adult Learning (2013). Peg C. Neuhauser suggests that stories are effective as educational tools because they are “believable, ‘rememberable’, and entertaining.” With stories, abstract concepts or ideas can be communicated in understandable everyday language through the angle of human experience. According to Burk (2000), sharing stories allows students to “realise the relevance, validity, and efficacy of their cultural heritage and learning abilities, regardless of cultural differences”. Moreover, Storytelling Techniques facilitate intercultural and intergenerational dialogue that may provide an understanding of different customs, beliefs and viewpoints. It can also promote growth and change on an individual level. Butcher (2006) argues that stories encourage thinking “outside the box”, which may help learners to reconsider things they may have never before questioned.