Monday , 25 June 2018

Bi- lingual picture storybook with a strong social message


Kalakriti 2017, Goa’s first bi-lingual storybook which gives a strong message on how each one of us should tackle the issue of waste, is a collective effort by the students of Santo Miguel, Taleigao of standard V, VI and VII. The V standard students have penned down the stories in English which were illustrated by VI standard students and translated into Hindi by the students of VII standard.

Manager, Communicare Trust, Nalini Elvino de Sousa says: “This book is actually level 2 of ‘The Magic Box’, where the children are taught how to create characters with dry waste and then also make small stop motion movies with short stories. And as part of this project, we also make videos that are later uploaded on YouTube and Facebook but the illustrations by the students were way too creative to be just documented and forgotten. That is where Kalakriti was born.”

The four stories that make their way into the book, have a fictional protagonist and an antagonist; the protagonist wins and gives out a message about recycling waste. The book also includes a DVD which contains one of the animated stories ‘Petty and Joe’ and the making of the book.

The storybook is for everyone who loves illustrations, drawings and languages. The target audience is children aged between 10 to 14 years and is not restricted to only Santo Miguel students. “We will be distributing the story books to every government primary school in Goa at the exhibition,” adds Nalini. The Trust is also hosting a ‘Zero Waste’ exhibition showcasing art out of waste, done by teachers across the North Goa and to share ideas on tackling waste.

The entire process from contacting the school to the publishing went on for Oct 2016 to April 2017.  Nalini says: “We chose Santo Miguel as it would be a great opportunity for these students to showcase their talent. When we approached, the director, John Rodrigues and the principal, Camilo Fernandes were very cordial and immediately agreed and allotted us time to carry on with the activities.”

Explaining the working of Kalakriti, she says: “We consolidated a plan to carry out the activities. We had the students of GIM supporting us as a part of their CSR initiative ‘Give Goa’. Artist Loretti Pinto was our main resource person. From helping the students with ideas, the drawings and clay modeling was done under her supervision. She made the final characters with every minute detail, which you can see in the video.”

Nalini feels that the book is a confidence booster and plants a seed of waste management in young students’ minds, therefore targeting a cleaner Goa in the future. She adds: “The Trust has always targeted schools that have lesser exposure to opportunities. We have noticed in the past, how excited the children get to listen to our stories and come up with their own ideas. We have seen the most innovative stories from villages of Goa; they are fresh and vivid when it comes to creating a storyline. Some of them are brilliant in drawing and some at imagination.”

Nalini says that some students barely have access to storybooks and if they target such schools, the students will have their own storybooks made by them.

When asked which other schools she would approach in future, Nalini replied: “We are yet to decide which will be the next school. But we have already decided that the next book will be in Konkani, Portuguese and English.”

The book will be available for `300 in all Broadway stores.


(The book will be released on April 23 at Don Bosco Oratory, Panaji at 3:30 p.m.  at the exhibition titled ‘Zero Waste’. There will be talks, spot games and a poster competition on the same)



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