Week 8 of 2017

week 8Ambuya Telling Stories By Lazarus Takawira
 The artwork Ambuya Telling Stories depicts a woman with three little children close to her,

their faces elevated in attentive stances as if dialogue or dictation is taking place. Folk tales have enchanted people from different cultures for centuries. They served as a source of entertainment and still serve the same purpose today. But folktales also serve another important purpose, which is to help us understand, preserve and pass down our history, values, culture and to preserve the local language.
This week we celebrate the International Mother Language Day under the theme towards Sustainable Future through Multilingual Education. The day is designated to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by people across the globe. Languages are the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing our tangible and intangible heritage. Local languages transmit cultures, values and traditional knowledge thus playing an important role in promoting sustainable futures.
As a way of revisiting the art of Ngano/ folk tales and combining visual art with literature, the National Gallery of Zimbabwe introduced story telling sessions with Zimbabwean writer, storyteller, and musician Ignatius Mabasa. This collaboration is not just about story telling but is also about helping children learn and appreciate their mother tongues as the stories are told in ChiShona. The sessions, held every Saturday at the Gallery, are one example of a way in which mother language can be preserved, while teaching children values that are important to the success of a community.

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