Sankofa - Storytelling for the digital age

Sankofa - Storytelling for the digital age

Sankofa is a new storytelling project led by CDEC that is working with schools across three countries in Europe to combine traditional storytelling techniques with digital technologies to explore local to global themes.

Thanks to funding from Erasmus+, CDEC is leading a partnership with three other organisations (SOSNA from Slovakia, HEC Global Learning Centre, based in London, and SEVER from the Czech Republic). Working with schools, the partners are giving pupils the opportunity to gain skills in both storytelling and online recording, editing and sharing across national borders.

Teachers are also developing their skills to prepare children to think critically about local to global themes. Participants are developing their own language and digital skills, as well as their global awareness.


Using stories to build understanding and develop skills for the future

Everyone involved is taking stories from their own and others’ cultures to look at similarities and differences. And we are looking for new stories to contribute to a sustainable future in our interconnected world.

In the UK, the project will enrich primary school curriculums in the following areas:

  • English, particularly through speaking, listening and drama opportunities
  • PSHE, through building self-confidence, creativity and presentation skills
  • IT, developing pupil’s digital skills

What does 'Sankofa' mean?

'Sankofa' is a word in the Twi language from Ghana, which can be translated as "go back and get it". This encapsulates our project and understanding in the power of storytelling: that storytelling allows us to better understand the past, so enabling a more creative and successful future.

Who can take part?

In Cumbria, we are looking for 10 schools and their Key Stage 2 teachers to take part in the project. CDEC's member schools have the first chance to be involved, after which the opportunity to participate will be opened up to non-member schools.

By the end of the two years, we aim to have involved 300 pupils to explore storytelling, test the approach, create content and stories linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and cascade the learning across Cumbria and beyond.


What is involved for schools and teachers?

You will develop your understanding of storytelling as an educational tool through focus group sessions run by CDEC. We will work with you to:

  • Develop the digital storytelling platform
  • Create practical guides for other teachers so that we can cascade our learning to other schools and teachers and give them access to and the opportunity to adopt the approach and the toolkit for using the digital platform.

In the classroom, teachers will work directly with pupils to:

  • develop storytelling skills
  • create traditional and new stories for the digital storytelling platform
  • access stories written by children in the partner countries.


What is the time commitment?

Between February 2019 and February 2020, your school and teachers will:

  • take part in four focus group sessions to discuss and test the teacher guide and toolkit and storytelling approach.  They’ll become storytellers!
  • use and teach storytelling in your classroom
  • support your pupils to create digital content for the digital storytelling platform
  • contribute digital content to the digital storytelling platform


How can my school sign up?

If you and your school are interested in taking part in the project, please get in touch with CDEC on 015394 31602, or email Laura Goad on or Debbie Watson on