“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. … The power of education extends beyond the development of skills we need for economic success.” – Nelson Mandela
collection of stories written by young learners during project workshops …
DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER : JUDITH : MARCH 2016
A long, long time ago there was a man who had really large ears, his name was Bill. The people who lived in the town of Knokutu did not seem to like Bill as he had really large ears and he would eavesdrop on their conversations, but the truth was that Bill was half deaf so he did not eavesdrop on people’s conversations, but the people of Knokutu thought their assumption was right.
When the people of Knokutu saw Bill turning up almost everywhere, they decided to call a meeting and invited everyone besides Bill. They had a chat about Bill and decided that whenever Bill was around they would stop their conversation.
And that’s where it started, Bill didn’t seem to know what was going on but he did not seem to want to know as he thought it was no big deal.
The news announced that there would be a hurricane but Bill did not understand as he couldn’t hear a word being spoken and the others didn’t speak when he was around.
One cold day Bill was all alone in his house having a hot cup of cocoa with some buttered cookies. When suddenly it became more and more chilly and he couldn’t handle it so he took his duvet and rested on the couch but it got even worse and his house started moving. There was a strong hurricane and that was last anyone ever saw of Bill.
WHY THE LEOPARDS ARE SPOTTED : SIMON : MARCH 2016
Leopards are the only animals with a black spotted golden coat. It is because they are the only members of the cat family to have been gifted with the power of night vision. Leopards can’t hunt during the day, because then they are still gold and their golden fur glitters in the sun’s light. They can also not hunt at night because their coats reflect the moon and make it easy for their prey to see them.
It was this way until the leopards decided to make a plan, they spread news promising that anyone who could help would never be disturbed by them ever again. The tiger was the most intelligent animal at the time and since he was also a member of the cat family he decided to help. He spent two weeks gathering knowledge and reading everything about changing coats. He decided on painting their coats. So all leopards got their coats glued and painted in black. They all were overjoyed.
The paint lasted for three days and then one day they went to hunt and killed nothing. They came back home stressed and hungry and wondered if their coats were turning gold again.
The following day they all caught sight of a badger who was stealing honey. They ran and gave an unexpected attack, the badger jumped just in time to see all the leopards soaked in honey. Their coats had turned to gold with black spots.
A PEACOCK WITH A VERY PLAIN BODY : JULIE : MARCH 2016
Once upon a time there was a peacock with a very plain body. His feathers and tail were brown and dirty, and he had funny wrinkled feet. One day, while the peacock was busy pecking away at food on the ground, Billy, the God of the forest, raced by. “Where are you going in such a hurry?” asked Peacock.
“The evil, female wizard is trying to catch me and although I am a god and I can use lightning to hurt people, nothing can touch the female wizard. All I can do to save myself is hide away, but there is no place here for me to hide.”
“Come quickly! I’ll put up my tail and you can hide behind it.”
The female wizard did not see Billy and went past him into the deep forest.
“Thank you. Thank you” said Billy.
“You are so plain but so brave. In return for being so courageous I’ll make you the most attractive bird in the forest.
As he spoke the peacock changed. His feathers become gorgeous, a bright blue and his tail a beautiful green tan with golden eyes.
Peacock looked at himself in the water and saw how pretty he was.
He came vain and walked around with his head held high. Whenever he saw furious Peahen whose feathers were still brown, he would open his tail to make Peahen jealous. But what didn’t change? His feet! And whenever Peacock looked at his feet and saw how ugly they were, he would put down his tail and screech!