Engaging Through Storytelling
Puppet shows to convey maternal health messages in rural Assam, India.
Puppeteering has had a long history in many cultures being not only a form of community entertainment, but also a way of dispersing information on social issues. It allows for improvement in delivery of education both for the recipient and for the performer without relying on literacy or extensive economical outlay. It is especially effective in contexts of low income yet strong community. Fifth Goal (a project by students at RMIT which focused on maternal health in India) proposed a stylised learning environment/ experience on how to deal with certain maternal health issues (postpartum hemorrhaging, morbidity, prenatal care etc) alongside other social challenges via puppetry. via:
How might other forms of story-telling (street plays, animation etc) bridge literacy divides and provide engaging sites for education and discussion on maternal health? Could these be advertised via mobile phones? Could some of their content be transfered to video and be distributed by via mobile phones?