In fulfilling the Rita Marley Foundation’s slogan Harambe which means “working together,” the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) and renowned Jamaican storyteller Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks have embarked on a Cultural Storytelling Programme for basic schools. The first session kicked off on January 12, at the Holy Trinity Basic School, Maxfield Avenue in Kingston. An institution operated by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
The programme aims to develop creativity, enhance imagination, increase attentiveness and improve communication skills. Dr. Amina Blackwood-Meeks expressed “contributing to the work of the Rita Marley Foundation is not even a question. Our shared vision for the cultural and spiritual well-being of our children makes that an easy decision.”
Rosemary Duncan, manager at the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) said “the narratives are all traditional folklores designed to pass on the history of Jamaica, the Caribbean and Africa in the most entertaining and captivating way. Importantly, students also learn that verbal communication between themselves and others is an art and that words are powerful.”
Students also received a Melkam Lidet (Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas) treat from the Rita Marley Foundation (JA). They sent loads of love to Dr. Rita Marley (President/Founder Rita Marley Foundation ).
The second Cultural Storytelling Day will convene at the St. Isaacs Basic School,Three Miles in April.