Children have an innate love of stories. Stories create magic and a sense of wonder at the world. Stories teach us about life, about ourselves and about others.
When I was growing up in Africa, stories brought people together. Each holiday my family, my cousins would visit our grandma in the village. Every night, we would sit around a fire and listen to her humorous stories of a smart rabbit and a timid baboon. She told us the stories with dramatic effect and use facial expressions which really made us want to hear more stories. So the love of stories brought me closer to other people.
I believe storytelling is a unique way for children to develop an understanding, respect and appreciation for other cultures, and can promote a positive attitude to people from different lands, races and religions.
Stories provide a common thread that can help unite cultures and provide a bridge across the cultural gap.