Do you need a bit of help
with developing your stories in the classroom?

Try our learning guide, which was developed to help the teachers involved in the project.

Below we also have some great stories and activities with ideas of how to inspire you to create original tales or tell old favourites in a new way.

We will be adding more resources as we go through the project for you to read and access.
Version 1 - November 2019

Learning guide

Developed by global learning and storytelling experts, the Sankofa Learning Guide offers support to teachers and schools on storytelling in the digital age. Originally designed to support project teachers in their Sankofa classroom activity with their learners, it encourages teachers with practical classroom lesson ideas and a lighter touch version of the thinking informing the Sankofa project, acting as a reminder of the underlying theoretical approach. The Learning Guide will also help teachers to cascade what they learn back at school and give teachers outside the project guidance on how to bring the methodologies, themes and skills into their own classroom.

Sankofa tried and tested activities

# Summary Sankofa Themes Links to SDGs Age Contributor
1 Million Bottle Wonder – this activity can fire imaginations of creative use of unwanted items as part of studying climate action.
Sustainable Consumption, recycling 4-11 yrs HEC London
2 Reduce reuse, recycle – it’s in our hands – this activity explores actions which promote a more sustainable lifestyle.
‘The story of stuff’ - reduce reuse recycle. An ‘Explore’ activity. 4-11 yrs HEC London
3 This is my home because... This activity explores how ‘home’ is important in feeling valued, belonging, security, comfort, friendship, love etc This is an important introductory activity to exploring migration, refugees and what it means to feel part of a community.
Identity and belonging. Migration 4-11 yrs CDEC

Sankofa Stories

# Title Themes Summary Type of story Contributor Links
1 What makes me Happy? Junjie’s film Recycling, Friendship A story of 8 year old Junjie, a boy in China, who takes action and shares what makes him happy. Junjie tells us through his story that what makes him happy is having friends to be with and not just being by himself. Junjie searches the streets for re-useable products, but he is also searching for friendship Digital -film HEC London
2 Flip Flotsam by Elspeth Murray film Recycling, happiness What happens to the world’s most popular footwear after its original use? This ode to the flip-flop and its life after human footwear use can be found here. There is a beautifully shot short film based on the poem. It looks at the story of flipflops in Kenya – how they are made, worn and eventually reused for children’s toys. Digital poem and film HEC London Site
The full film
3 The Journey by Francesca Sanna Migration, refugees This beautifully illustrated picture book introduces a powerful and moving perspective on migration for readers of all ages. Told through the eyes of a young girl, the story explores the decisions made as a mother and her two children are forced to flee their home and everyone they know to escape the turmoil of war. Picture Book CDEC Site
read aloud by ‘Read me a Book’
Ideas and questions to discuss the book with children.
4 Something Else by Kathryn Cave Belonging, exclusion, acceptance This simple story, is about a small creature who does his best to join in with the others. But he's different. No matter how he tries, he just doesn't belong. Then Something turns up and wants to be friends. But Something Else isn't sure he's like him at all... Picture book – for age 5-10 years CDEC read aloud
- The destruction of Krkonoše mountains forests Biodiversity Climate change Story

A story from the life of Pavel Klimeš
(Krkonoše historian) about his experience
during exploitation of Krkonoše forest during
great air pollution i 70s and 80s […]

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- Voda uvnitř Biodiversity Climate change Story

The story how ordinary people can live when
there is almost no water. During the story
the group of children found out that the
water was stolen by the criminals. And it
ends by the discusion about saving water
and what to do if dont want to lose water
forever. […]

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