Newsletter 7


1001 Stories for Adult Learning

Sheherazade course and conference.
December 2013

Sheherazade is a Grundtvig Multilateral Project that wants to introduce storytelling and the use of storytelling techniques as an educational strategy and a pedagogical tool in formal and non-formal adult learning. The project focuses on the linguistic, interactive, performing, social and cultural aspects of stories and storytelling and will help adult learners gain communication skills, develop imagination and creativity, improve intercultural understanding and build competences for inclusion.

Sheherazade course

One of the outcomes of the Sheherazade project is a Grundtvig course on the use of storytelling in adult education. This course was piloted in Alden Biesen (BE) 11-16 November 2013. Trainers on that course were: Iwan Kushka (Superact, UK), Ida Junker (Fabula, SE) and Heidi Dahlsveen (Oslo & Akershus Univ. College, NO). Participants were teachers and trainers in formal and non-formal adult education, stakeholders in the social sector, storytellers and community workers. During three days they worked with stories and storytelling techniques to apply these for langauge learning or developing competences for a better integration. 

Sheherazade conference

14 November 2013 was Conference-day for Sheherazade and with 95 participants from 15 different countries a unique opportunity to bring a large target group in contact with the project approach and material. Katrice Horsley (storyteller, UK) started with .... a story. Guy Tilkin (Sheherazade coordinator, Alden Biesen, BE) presented a bit of theory regarding the role of stories and narratives in thinking and learning processes. Heidi Dahlsveen talked about the development of storytelling as an art and Katrice Horsley talked about the role of storytelling in community work. A project fair highlighted the results of all Sheherazade pilots organised in each partner country. In the afternoon all participants could choose between a number of practical workshops. Dorinda Dekeyser en Els Borghys (cvo Landen-Leuven, BE) presented the didactic guidelines as they are elaborated in the manual. Heidi Dahlsveen closed with … a story.   

Sheherazade manual

At the end of the day all participants received a copy of the Sheherazade manual. At this stage the English version is printed and available by simple request. It can also be read and consulted (via on the project website. In the future all versions (English, Dutch, Bulgarian, Spanish, German, French, Norwegian and Swedish) will be available on-line.  The website will (shortly) also provide a series of extra material and a short film on each pilot project, the course and the conference.

If you want to read the manual please click:       

The future

The Sheherazade consortium will continue to organise (Grundtvig) courses on the use of stories and storytelling for adult learning. This will be done in the frame of the funding opportunities in the new programme Erasmus+. Updated information on these courses will be available soon on the project website.

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Project partners:

Landcommanderij Alden Biesen, BE, coordinator.
Fabula, storyteller association, SE
Oslo & Akershus University college, NO
CVO Landen-Leuven, BE
Brunnenpassage, AT
Meath Partnership, IE
Superact, UK
ELAN Interculturel, FR
Sofia University, BG


Sheherazade is a Grundtvig Multilateral Project. 


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