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CPI's Storytelling Program Is Based on Our Storytelling Manual.

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CPI’s Storytelling Program seeks to partner with schools, NGOs, and community groups aiming to enrich playful learning and spark children’s imagination.

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  • Storytelling offers many benefits to children.

  • By listening to stories, they gain knowledge, connect with their cultural heritage, and preserve traditions.

  • When children tell stories, it improves their language organization skills, fosters quick thinking, and boosts confidence in a safe environment.

Girl in Peru drawing during storytelling session

Girl in Peru draws during a CPI Storytelling Workshop. For many children, this is the first time they draw with colored pencils, or with water paint (when available).

Storytelling Serves as a Powerful Tool for both Educating and Empowering Children.

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CPI partners with schools, NGOs, sports clubs and community groups seeking to foster greater opportunities for vulnerable children to play, learn, and develop, while preserving local culture.
Girl in Kenya with drawing made during storytelling session (2024)
Through drawing and painting, children can convey complex ideas and messages that might be challenging to express verbally due to limited vocabulary.

The Storyteller

The storyteller plays a pivotal role in the art of storytelling, contributing to its effectiveness and impact. Anybody who tells a story is a storyteller. Stories can be found in your community, online, and in libraries.

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Storyteller and attentive children during a CPI/HAF-Uganda Storytelling Session in a refugee settlement in Northern Uganda, all 2023.

The Values of Storytelling

Storytelling serves as a powerful tool for education, transcending traditional classrooms. It's a dynamic means of imparting knowledge, fostering creativity, and instilling valuable lessons in children. CPI's program is designed to reach vulnerable children. By combining drawing and oral storytelling, children can weave together strands of what they feel but cannot yet articulate.

Girl Sri Lanka drawing during storytelling session
When time, space and material permit, we encourage drawing or painting after the storytelling session. Through the use of drawings, children can communicate complex ideas and messages that would otherwise be impossible due to a lack of vocabulary.

Create a Safe Space for Storytelling

To ensure a safe and nurturing storytelling environment: Maintain consistency in session structure, location, facilitators, and timing. Use opening and closing rituals to mark the beginning and end of each session. Explain to children that these rituals signal storytelling time. If outdoors, designate a safe space, such as by laying rocks or creating an invisible circle. Click on the heart to read CPI's “Safe Space” Interview with Professor Caroline Beauregard.

Children sit in a circle during storytelling session in Kenya
Opening and closing rituals mark the beginning and end of each session. The team leader explains to the children that the opening ritual/activity before the storytelling session is intended to mark off the session from the rest of their day. They are now entering storytelling time. A safe space.

CPI's Storytelling Program is not Limited to Schools

Storytelling sessions can be held and organized anywhere!


The most important is that the sessions are held in the same location every week, and the same adults/team leaders are in charge.

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