Staff from the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Youth & Culture today (March 20) emphasized the importance of literacy and the art of storytelling through its participation in World Storytelling Day at the St. Anne’s Infant School and the RJR Basic School in Kingston.
The JCDC Team read popular Jamaican stories to the eager students, who thoroughly enjoyed the session. Members from the Jamaica Observer’s Junior Writers Club were present at the RJR Basic School and read their original stories to the over 100 students. In return the readers were entertained by performances from the students, as they prepare their entries for the JCDC Festival of Performing Arts Competition.
The JCDC continues to forge links with storytellers while encouraging and promoting the art of storytelling particularly in schools. World Storytelling Day is celebrated annually and encourages as many persons as possible to share stories in order to promote this important part of our oral tradition.