1001 Stories 2017-09-07T10:57:31+00:00

Project Description

1001 Stories – Developing communities through stories

Our mobile storytelling program, 1001 Stories, brings meaningful learning to some of the hardest to reach populations around the world. We aim to facilitate the creation, development, and gathering of 1001 empowering stories from every participating local community.

Children love to tell stories. However, in many places in the world, their creative voices are rarely heard or cultivated. The 1001 Stories Program conducts storytelling workshops that build on children’s natural potential to become original storytellers. Through the 1001 Stories Program, children are empowered while their literacy skills are developed. When integrated with mobile technologies, these stories become an effective tool for literacy by growing reading and writing skills grounded in local languages and local themes in areas worldwide.

“My words, my story, to my world.”
– author of Three Boys story from the 1001 Stories series

The 1001 Stories Program also leverages the rapidly expanding global mobile network to foster literacy development and a self-sustaining entrepreneurship model. Children learn to read the stories that children in other parts of the world have created and then write their own original stories. As a part of the program, selected stories are published and made available to be purchased, generating a self-supportive, entrepreneurial model. All proceeds from the publications are re-invested into the local communities of the 1001 Stories Program, allowing these young authors from under served populations become a part of the story by creating their own books.

“… Tomorrow, Ashura will start her studies at a great school … Ashura promises that she will study very hard and will become an inspiration to all children. Most of all, she will never lose hope.”

– excerpt from Girl with a Hope story from the 1001 Stories series

What do the students do within the program?

1001 Stories Program Students

  • Read stories written by children from around the world
  • Understand what makes a good story and the narrative arc
  • Write, draw, and narrate original stories in local languages
  • Learn how to create digital stories
  • Learn how to apply technology features of mobile devices

1001 Stories Program Features

  • Promotes literacy and empowerment
  • Fosters creative writing skills
  • Provides technology experience and skills
  • Encourages entrepreneurship and sustainable development
  • Increases cultural awareness and global understanding