Stories shape future
Story Valley uses oral history as a driver for improving literacy skills, preserving cultural heritage, and enrich it with the oral history and heritage of other cultures.
We combine oral history and innovative, creative literacy techniques to reinterpret the student's stories with visual, audio and digital materials. Story Valley lets students with different backgrounds and cultures work together to practice their English, their national language and learn about each other's culture. We aim to stimulate students to read, write and speak in different languages, and to use their creativity to translate their stories to new media and platforms. This way, students will be able to strengthen their key competences in literacy and language in an engaging and creative way.
In the approach of using oral history as a driving force, we use an interdisciplinary way of learning to contribute to several European key priorities:
1. Raising awareness of the social and educational value of European Cultural Heritage
Telling, writing and reading stories has been a common tradition all over Europe for centuries. The stories are told and passed on from generation to generation. This oral history is valuable because it shaped our communities: our intangible cultural heritage.
2. Strengthening key competences in Vocational Education & Training
The basic skills of literacy have a major impact on life chances, being positively associated with a range of important economic and social outcomes both for individuals and countries. They are very important in vocational education and training, as jobs require basic, transferable skills as well as occupation-specific skills.
3. Social inclusion: supporting the integration of people with migrant backgrounds
Story Valley includes students and other people with migrant backgrounds as well as their oral histories, to stimulate intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding. We believe that inclusion and integration start with understanding each other and the belief in having things (stories) in common.