Thursday 22 October, 2020

Rita Marley Foundation hosts World Peace Day cultural storytelling event

The Rita Marley Foundation (JA) held a cultural storytelling activity at Curlin Johnson Basic School, Mountain View, for International World Peace Day on September 21.

FEIn a press release, the Foundation said the entire school participated.

Rosemary Duncan, manager at the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) said, "thus far 200 basic school students have participated in the programme. It  has been highly received by participating schools. The Rita Marley Foundation (JA) looks forward to taking the event islandwide."

See details of event at Curlin Johnson Basic School below.


Class 1

Twenty five, 4 year-olds sat at their desks with eyes fixated on the vibrant and animated storyteller Mrs. Amina Blackwood Meeks. Who entered their classroom chanting: 

“Good morning, good morning, good morning, good morning

I want to tell you all, good morning (repeat)….” 

 Her energetic entrance captivated the spirited students who  also sang  along. 

“When I say, Crick, you say, Crack” Amina instructed. “Crick”… “Crack”… “Crick”…. “Crack”… the enthralled students responded.

Then she delved into the story of legendary spider, Anansi, who unlike other animals in the jungle felt he had nothing special and how the shrewd Anansi, convinced the Tiger (King of the forest) to have all stories called  Anansi Stories.


Class 2

A group of twenty five, 5 year old students eagerly awaited Amina’s arrival. 

She entered the brightly painted classroom, greeted by students whose faces beamed with enthusiasm. As the cheerful storyteller hailed them with Maroon song, 

“Good morning ohhhhh, good morning

  Good morning oh me neighbour, good morning

We all are one, we all are one,

 We all are one Bongo nation, we all are one”

Amina then narrated the story of Oba, the sky god and how human gluttony and pollution caused him to leave earth to live in the sky. Emphasising the importance of cleanliness at home, school, community.




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