Pune: The grand International Storytelling Festival, organised by Sakal Times, came to an end on Sunday. The fest was held in Phoenix Market City from 12 pm to 4 pm where the first session was from 12 pm to 1.30 pm (for 2 to 6-year olds) and the second session was from 2.30 pm to 4 pm (for 7 to 12-year olds).
The grand showcase was held on Liberty Square from 4.30 pm to 6 pm.
Both the sessions were successful, where parents, teachers and children from various schools and parts of the city came to be a part of the festival.
“At Little Millennium, we always feel that stories have a strong influence on children’s understanding of various critical subjects and so we look for opportunities to deliver the right and the best for our kids across 500 schools in 100 cities,” mentions Sajid Ali, Vice President of Little Millennium Education Pvt Ltd.
He further added that it is very important for kids to be a part of such storytelling sessions, as it not only builds on the children’s literacy, vocabulary and listening skills but also takes the child rightly towards the roots and gives thought-provoking ideas by enhancing thinking capability and imagination and also shape’s children’s perception of reality.
Stories are also the best way for parents to connect with their children. The bedtime stories are the best sleeping dozes for children. “Such initiatives are not only good for students but also for parents. Children are always fond of stories and it is also important for them. We visited the storytelling session yesterday (Saturday) and my son became so fond of the stories that we also visited on the second day too,” said Mitali Behera, mother of Pradyot Behera from Hutchings High School and Junior College. “I also wanted to thank the school for sending such invitations and letting us know of such informative sessions,” she further
The sessions also included teachers’ workshop, which was attended by many school teachers and private tuition teachers. “The storytellers are very talented and they connect well with the children. This is a very important work for any teacher, especially for the young ones. This workshop helped up to learn the tricks and tips to connect with our students,” said Kajal Mehera, a home-based private tutor.