Reading fairy tales to children or storytelling does not only lay a foundation stone of literacy development but relates also to various cross-cultural values and behaviours. Studies also show that regular storytelling activities can help broaden a child’s vocabulary. The imagination of children is promoted when they are listening to fairy tales.
Children learn from the characters in the stories and this might help them cope with certain situations in their own lives. The stories give the children hints how to handle anxieties, battles, and problems in real life. It also promotes critical thinking. At the same time, fairy tales help to preserve our language, habits, and traditions.
Despite of the fact that Romanes is a spoken, not a written language with many different dialects, the targeted survey in Roma communities that we implemented within the Strategic Partnership “pROMise – Preserving Romanes in adult education” showed:
When the partners met in 2018 to implement the small Strategic Partnership “Sasas Jekhvar Jekh – Once upon a time …”, they did not just want to collect the Roma fairy tales and to categorise them. It was rather their intention to preserve Romanes and to use it more and more in the process of lifelong learning. The partners would like to approach this aim by submitting and realising this follow-up project in the adult education field of ERASMUS+.