ERIC Number: EJ1001524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Sharing Stories, Sharing Cultures: Towards the Equitable Exchange of Children's Stories
Cardenuto, Nancy E.
Multicultural Education, v19 n2 p40-42 Win 2012
In Malawi, education is not always a top priority. Although there has been free primary education since 1994, attendance in school is not compulsory (Ngozo, 2010). Even when children do go to school, schools can be overcrowded with few books for students to use. Classrooms can hold over 100 children with whole groups of children sharing one textbook. The hope of better education motivates many in Malawi to carve paths of opportunities for vulnerable children. In this article, the author describes her experience as she spent years living in Malawi. She shares how she has seen great beauty in the relationships that are built among extended families in places where financial income is at a minimal as well as the friendliness and warmth of many of these cultures. She stresses the importance of exchanging stories in helping young people gain an insight into cultures vastly different from one another.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Multicultural Education, Story Telling, Writing (Composition), Writing Workshops, International Educational Exchange
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Malawi
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