Narrative 4 Story Exchange – The participants were as follows. From Cairo, Rafea Al Ansary, Hailey Shoukry, Zahara Nouralla and their teacher Nuala Hannafin and from Corpus Christi, Moyross, Josh Hollywood, Keelen Coughlan, Katelyn Fitzgerald, Brooke Markham and their teacher Deirdre O’Regan
All in all, it was a wonderful experience for all involved and a reminder of the power of stories to connect us all
How much do you think children in Moyross and Cairo have in common? Turns out they’ve a lot more in common than you’d imagine. That was one of the lessons learned recently when four children from Corpus Christi School in Moyross paired up with four students from the British International School in Cairo for a unique Narrative 4 Story Exchange. Done under the ever popular Narrative 4 Story Exchange model (whose headquarters are on O’Connell St. Limerick), they exchanged stories about significant objects in their lives, e.g. dolls, hurleys (which somehow got translated to “battle ball”), musical instruments, etc., all with the objective of building empathy among these young people.
As an extra bonus for the Narrative 4 Story Exchange the two respective teachers got in on the act too and shared stories about objects in their lives too. “The experience was very special and allowed all pupils involved to see that there are no boundaries between them regardless of where they are from. It was also a great opportunity to practice the invaluable skill of communication through active listening, in turn showing kindness and respect” said Nuala Hannafin, originally from Kerry but now teaching in the International School in Cairo, who also added “I hope this is the start of a relationship between both schools”.
And this from one of the parents of the Cairo students: “Hailey was so excited about it especially on Thursday when she came back home after the zoom. She loved the girl that she met & she told me : « Mom I felt before we started that Brooke is the one who I wanted to be with”. “The children absolutely loved taking part”, said Hilary McAlea, principal of Corpus Christi, who also thanked the two Narrative 4 facilitators, Richie Hannafin (a brother of Nuala, the teacher in Cairo) and Joe Power, both based in the Ceim ar Cheim school in Moyross. All in all, it was a wonderful experience for all involved and a reminder of the power of stories to connect us all.
The participants were as follows. From Cairo, Rafea Al Ansary, Hailey Shoukry, Zahara Nouralla and their teacher Nuala Hannafin and from Corpus Christi, Moyross, Josh Hollywood, Keelen Coughlan, Katelyn Fitzgerald, Brooke Markham and their teacher Deirdre O’Regan.
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