contact
Script
Script 2016 - Cartoon in a mystery location, photo Giovanni Tagini for thetravelnews.it
Script 2016 - Cartoon in a mystery location, photo Giovanni Tagini for thetravelnews.it

Script - writing in many ways

We are for linguistic diversity in education

Script is here to begin a worldwide movement for linguistic diversity in education. Grandiose? Well, everything must start from somewhere. This movement starts from New Cross Gate in London in 2016. Why not?

We all agree that learning to write our native language is fundamental for education. But a diverse and mobile population means we have classrooms with many native languages. Many children do not learn to read and write the language of their own parents. Literacy is a the ladder that takes a language to higher skills levels as children grow throughout their school years. Without literacy we get truncated languages that fade away. 

Script is central to the mission of Bilingual Potential. Our mission is to advance every child's right to learn and use the language of their parents (UN Convention on the Righst of the Child, Article 30). Our values are sustainability, democracy and human rights. These are topics that can be addressed through humanities curriculum. 

The Script logo is the Arabic letter "teh". It sums up nicely what we want to achieve. We see linguistic diversity as a positive resource that can connect us and enrich our lives. 

Write any language, anywhere

Script is about literacy. All over the world children need opportunities to write in languages they use at home, but not in school. Often schools do not have teachers who are writers of all the languages spoken by their pupils. Script overcomes this problem. For the last two weeks of the school year we open a window into the exiting world of writing in many languages. 

Starting from April 2016 we are building partnerships with people who would like to be part of a cultural network that promotes literacy, literature and journalism in all languages.

Images, stories, knowledge

Images are readable in any language. We use images as a spark for writing. We explore where images come from, what is behind them, what they tell and what they hide. Because we begin with an image, a person from any language can access the same task and participate in Script. We collect the original writing in all the languages of the participants.

Translating and sharing

To read each other's writing we need to translate it. For example here in London we need to translate texts from many languages into English to share them with each other. We might translate texts from English to other languages to share them with Script partners in other countries. In other countries schools may translate texts written in children's many different languages into their shared local language used in school. 

Publishing and celebrating

Texts will be published in different media and we will most certainly organise events to celebrate the writing we have generated together, the friends we have made and the knowledge we have learned. We will keep inventing new ways to use the products of Script. 

The human dimension

Script images are selected to support learning in humanities. Script opens opportunities for learning about history, geography, culture and current affairs in different parts of the world. Script promotes understanding of our interconnectedness. Images engage in discovering knew knowledge. Sharing stories challenges us to understand different points of view as people with different life experiences react to the same images in different ways.

Professionals from minority language backgrounds are encouraged to volunteer in schools to share their knowledge and skills. We need for example teachers, photographers, journalists, historians, geographers, anthropologists and translators. 

Schools and families

One of the biggest boundaries to multiliteracy in schools is lack of minority language staff. That is a human resources problem that is hard to change in the short term by looking for solutions inside the workplace. However, every child that needs multiliteracy needs it because they live with multilingual adults. Most such families have the skills school staff does not have. Through Script we teach participating schools how to tap into the biliteracy resources of children's families and turn them into a force for linguistic diversity in education. 

Partnerships and twinnings

Already in 2016 we begin with partnerships and twinnings. Thank you everyone who has been in touch about Script! During March and April 2016 we have met lot of interesting people who all have original contributions to make to Script. We need to start with a small project, but we can build our network from to go. 

As more and more schools become part of script we can start creating school-twinnings for children to share their writing with children who use a different language. 

 

Script 2016 - Beginning

The first Script illustrates the possibilities. We will show you how Script works and what it can achieve. Our first partners are Artmongers (artmongers.org) and their project twinning Telegraph Hill in London with a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan and the Italian travel magazine The Travel News (thetravelnews.it) We will work in English, Arabic and Italian.

Read more about it in 2016 - Beginning 

 

Script 2017 - Connecting

We are already connecting with schools for next year's Script. Schools from anywhere in the world can get in touch about Script at any time. The school year ends at different times in different countries, but that is not a problem for Script participation.

All kinds of schools can participate in Scripts. So far we have been in touch with state schools, fee paying schools, community language schools and even one distance school. 

Interested teachers from schools in London can already in 2016 come and see how Script works in practice. That helps to plan ahead for how they might want to integrate Script into their teaching next year. 

Anyone who woud like to bring Script to their school, can simply get in touch using the contact form.

 

Contact form

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.