Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, HerStory Foundation has found an innovative way to engage children so that they can spend their time in joy while learning important life-skills
Across the country, parents are settling into the idea that the current coronavirus pandemic will now mean that children will have to adapt to the sudden change in routine, alongside their school closures.
In light of these events, HerStory Foundation has launched a weekly plan to live-stream read-alouds from their children’s book HerStories: Adventures of Supergirls.
The series of illustrated children’s book features 42 women trailblazers from present-day Bengal and Bangladesh in unconventional roles. This includes Bangladesh’s first female combat pilots Nayma Haque and Tamanna-E-Lutfi, nutritionist Siddiqua Kabir and even Nishat Mazumder, the first Bangladeshi Everest summiteer.
Every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 3pm, HerStory Fellows will go live from the HerStory Facebook page to read out a story and have a chat. It is open to all, children and adults alike.The revolutionary Bangladeshi scientist and researcher, Dr. Firdausi Qadri, who is also featured in the book, shared a special message for children who might find it difficult to navigate these difficult times. “For now, keep away from people, especially those who have come from countries with high infection rate: China, Italy, UK.
“You should basically not be in crowds or buses. Also, stay away from the elderly including your grandparents because it will be more difficult for them to recover if they get infected. I know it must be difficult to not be able to play with your friends. But read a lot, paint and play board games - stay at home.
HerStory Foundation is a not-for-profit that creates innovative content for development, with a focus on gender equality, youth empowerment and women’s rights.
The HerStory Fellowship program has trained 17 Fellows to read HerStories: Adventures of Supergirls (a series of illustrated children’s books about the lives of exceptional women from Bangladesh and Bengal) in engaging ways and to host discussions about gender equality, life-planning and respect.
The creative form of storytelling allows them to learn key decision-making skills, framing their views of themselves, of gender roles as well as the world around them.
22/03/2020 Khana the Astrologer (Bangla)
24/03/2020 Dr. Ferdousi Qadri the Scientist (English)
26/03/2020 Ferdousi Priyobhashini the Birangona (Bangla)
29/03/2020 Novera Ahmed the Sculptor (English)
31/03/2020 Nishat Mazumder the Summiteer (Bangla)