Local Publisher Allan Sneddon and children’s best selling author Sam Wilding recently returned from Bali, Indonesia where they worked with schools set deep in the mountainous jungle area of Ban.
Within the villages of Bunga, Cegi, Pengalusan, Manakaji, Darmaji and Jatituhu, they visited schools where they accompanied the East Bali Poverty Project staff and teachers.
Sam taught the young students through a translator, basic skills in reading and writing in English, and in turn they taught him Balinese.
Using his infamous “Imagination sessions” the children, created new words, creatures and images then storyboarded to create a tale using the session.
During their two week trip, both Allan and Sam endured basic living conditions with very little or no hot water, outside toilets and shower, and the creatures that surrounded them in their living arrangement, including spiders, lizards and giant beetles.
At the end of each day, both Allan and Sam would work on producing a newsletter using hundreds of photos, hours of video and audio, using question and answer sessions, art and music sessions to compose a newsletter to be shared by all of Scotland’s primary schools and can be seen on Youtube at Sam Wilding Bali Trip.
As previously reported in this newspaper, Allan and Sam with the help of schools in Scotland and the North Sea Gas Terminal at St.Fergus employees presented the staff of the East Bali Poverty Project with a cheque to provide funds to build five toilet blocks, within the villages of Ban to help with the education in sanitation, hygiene and health and welfare within the region.
On a rare afternoon away from the school visits, Allan and Sam were invited to a traditional Balinese wedding, where bright coloured costumes, beautiful food and spectacular music performed.
On his return Allan said it was always his intention to create a picture book using the stories created by the children in a bilingual format, using the creatures and features that they created with the children and the respective cultures, surroundings and experiences as a teaching tool for the children of both Scotland and Bali based on Sam’s Tiffy & Toffy Picture book series.
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