#GiveATranslation: One Hundred Stories in One Month

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Giving Tuesday Now is a new global day for giving and unity and takes place on Tuesday May 5, 2020. It is an emergency response to the unprecedented needs caused by Covid-19. Now that schools are closed, multilingual children who speak a different language at home, miss out on the languages they would otherwise use at school.

Storyweaver is an online platform that offers thousands of wonderfully illustrated and culturally diverse stories for children of all ages. The stories are translated into many languages so multilingual children can enjoy stories in their own language, but also in the school language. This helps them to build proficiency in both languages.

While some stories are available in over 160 languages, not all have as many translations. For example, few stories are translated into Dutch. This means that, even though the mother tongues of children may be available, the stories cannot be read in the school language. For some languages there are no translations at all. Examples are Papiamento and Sranan which are spoken in the Caribbean. Many indigenous languages are also missing.

Our Goal: One Hundred Translations Within One Month

With a team of supporters, the Rutu Foundation has pledged to give a significant boost to the stories available for multilingual children on Storyweaver. Within one month, we will translate one hundred stories.This will give thousands of children access to great, imaginative stories from around the world in both their mother tongue and the language they use at school. 

The Language Friendly School is our new global network of schools who welcome and value all the languages spoken by their students. Providing multilingual learners with books and stories in their mother tongues is a powerful way to boost learning and to make them feel included and appreciated in school.

How can you join us on #GivingTuesdayNow?

  1. Help us reach our goal and translate a story yourself! To translate a Level 1-story, it takes no more than 30 minutes. Register at Storyweaver and follow their instructions for translation. Choose a story you would like to translate (any language, it is all up to you!). Finally, share your translation with us on on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #GiveATranslation, or send us an e-mail.
  2. You can also support us by giving a donation. The Rutu Foundation is a registered charity based in the Netherlands, aimed at making mother tongue and multilingual education accessible for all children.We will share half of your donation with Storyweaver. To donate, click here or (only in the Netherlands) donate directly

Join us in giving more children access to free stories in the languages they understand and need!

 

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