16 December 2013

Gambia: Schools and Creative Arts


The Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education indeed has taken a giant step to revive and promote our cultural and creative industries which is almost forgotten among school going children. The plan to integrate it in the curricula of Lower Basic Schools is a way to the successful revival of music and cultural studies in schools that will have a direct and positive impact on the country's creative industries in future.

It is obvious that due to factors like globalization the nation is continuously facing threats of losing the most valuable aspects of our cultural heritage such as respect for elders, the sanctity of parenthood and the family couple with the value of traditional and cultural rites as well as the importance of honesty and truthfulness which are all gradually waning over time.

Since culture is a conduit through which a society's development anchors, it is necessary that every effort must be made to ensure that our cultural values and traditions are preserved for the development of our society and for the benefit of future generations.

With the promotion of cultural and creative industries in schools, a strategy that will serve as an example to other countries that have parallel aims of promoting cultural and creative industries can be mapped out.

MoBSE's steps towards this, will stimulate and resuscitate the cultural and creative arts which in turn will strengthen the culture of tolerance and dialogue among civilizations. Because this has shown the commitment government attaches to the revival of this dying industries.

Hence it is an opportunity for the students as through schools serious measures that will bear more positive results in future can be learned; it is therefore important that each and everyone especially parents to do our best to ensure that generation's unborn benefit from the rich cultural values that our forefathers preserved.

UNESCO partnering with MoBSE to sponsoring this noble program is worth applauding. Their support has contributed to saving future generations through education service, culture and information which is one reason it does not belong to any State or ideology but it constitutes a world heritage which is to its credit and where its specificity lies.

It worth noticing that all the contestants from different schools and regions since the preliminary stages of this promotion of cultural and creative industries in Lower Basic Schools up to elimination and the final stages have done very well, especially at the final which all the four schools from four different regions performed before the MoBSE's Minister; UNESCO representative among other audiences that came to grace the occasion.

Teachers who have taken this special assignment too deserve commendation, let them all keep up this momentum in other to help achieve the objectives of the competition, because it is a program that stands to reinvigorate our about to lost culture and creativity.

In togetherness and support to MoBSE this can become a sustainable program hence the aim is not just to win cash and trophies but to build a sustainable socio-cultural climate in the schools.

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