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  • Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says National Storytelling Day will form part of efforts to safeguard the cultural wellbeing of Jamaica’s heritage, particularly for the youth.
  • Reading a proclamation on Tuesday, November 11, at King’s House, declaring November 20 as National Storytelling Day, the Governor-General said due attention should be paid to the preservation of the cultural forms.
  • He argued that oral tradition has the potential for anchoring more of the nation’s youth in positive values and attitudes.

Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, says National Storytelling Day will form part of efforts to safeguard the cultural wellbeing of Jamaica’s heritage, particularly for the youth.

Reading a proclamation on Tuesday, November 11, at King’s House, declaring November 20 as National Storytelling Day, the Governor-General said due attention should be paid to the preservation of the cultural forms through which wholesome values are transmitted and which intergenerational cohesion depends.

“This augurs well for us in Jamaica, because it is intended that this National Storytelling Day is going to assist in the healing of our sense of self and also contributing to national development,” he said.

“Jamaicans, the youth in particular, should be provided with factual information about our oral traditions as an important aspect of our cultural diversity, its sources, its values, and its capacity for advancing personal growth,” the Governor-General added.

He argued that oral tradition has the potential for anchoring more of the nation’s youth in positive values and attitudes derived from an understanding and an appreciation of their identity and their importance to national development.

In her remarks, Festival Founder and Artistic Director, Ntukuma, Storytelling Foundation of Jamaica, Amina Blackwood Meeks, said stories can be used to transmit positive values and will be used to preserve aspects of the country’s heritage.

She thanked and acknowledged previous storytellers, such as the Right Excellent Marcus Garvey, Louise ‘Miss Lou’ Bennett, Ranny ‘Mass Ran’ Williams and Charles Hyatt, for the roles they played in protecting the country’s heritage over the years.