Partner: UNDP Accelerator Lab, Somali Storytellers
What makes this project special
Following the successful Somali Storytellers bootcamp and storytelling mentorship in 2019, comes the next chapter of this special program in partnership with UNDP Somalia Accelerator Lab. Designed to build the capacity and the confidence of Somali Storyteller alumni to deliver training to a whole new generation of Somali Storytellers, these jam-packed ‘Train the Trainer’ sessions have already grown this active collective of storytellers to new heights, creating hope and change during chaotic times through impactful storytelling.
The background – for those who want to dive a little deeper
Back in 2019, around the time of SEWF in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, we were lucky enough to help launch Somalia’s first digital storytelling collective, Somali Storytellers, to write a new story for the future of Somalia by amplifying the stories of locally-driven solutions to development challenges.
This program was followed by a number of online mentorship sessions, through live webinars and a custom-designed Somali Storytellers online training portal. As COVID spread, these talented Somali Storytellers quickly evolved their craft, using their skills to create engaging, informative and locally-relevant information to protect local communities from the threat of the Coronavirus.
But, what if, rather than us teaching a new cohort of Somali Storytellers – alumni were given the skills and supported to share the power of storytelling in their own communities?
Digital Storytellers worked with the UNDP Accelerator Lab to design and facilitate a ‘Train the Trainer’ program for Somali Storytellers alumni, co-designing a tailored curriculum and building confidence in facilitation skills for virtual and in-person workshops.
The train the trainer program was designed to:
What emerged – the key outcomes
Through the program, Somali Storytellers alumni were able to:
- Develop a custom, co-designed training program suitable for the local context, and versatile enough to be delivered both virtual or in-person;
- Build capacity and confidence of Somali Storytellers alumni, to deliver the training and hold space for story;
- Build skills in facilitation, drawing on their own experience of facilitating in diverse contexts and learning from our experienced facilitators;
- Successfully and independently delivered the training to 30 new Somali Storytellers.
Story artefacts – what was ‘created’
‘Story artefacts’ is what you have in your hands as a result of a storytelling process (e.g. videos, blog posts, animations, illustrations). They are critical to unlocking the power of storytelling because they make stories tangible and give people, both internally and externally, the ability to interact with and share those stories.
In this program, co-created training materials for Somali Storytellers training program emerged that could be adapted for delivery either in-person or online, including speaker notes, video tutorials and examples. All sessions were also recorded so that participants could brush up on the information anytime or use it to train even more Somali Storytellers.
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