Thirty-one (31) youngsters receive certificates upon completion of a two-week summer program
31 students who participated in a two week summer program spearheaded by the Cultural Division received certificates of completion on Friday August 20th at the Cultural Centre, when the program came to a close. Some areas in which the children received training included steel pan and traditional dances to name a few. Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence described the summer program as significant as it builds and develops the inner skills of the children.
He said, “the cultural division has been able to provide for our young people in terms of developing their skills in arts and culture. We certainly have to commend their parents in allowing the students to participate in this program and we thank the tutors for dedicating their precious time and talent into what we think is such a worthy exercise during the summer time.”
He said that training the children in practical areas tends to have more significance in developing their artistic skills.
“A summer program like this one is very important because the children get hands on experience in actually doing the art and craft, steel pan and all the various offerings that we have during the summer program. So again, let me congratulate the teachers and students for their hard work during the two week period,” said Mr. Lawrence.
Mr. Lawrence said that he is elated that the Cultural Division has act on the need to train students in the field arts and culture.
The Cultural Officer said, “we are pursuing the idea of establishing an institute called The Dominica Institute of the Arts so that it will take training hopefully to another level in Arts and Culture in Dominica. We have been offering those training programs all through the years and we think that such an institution will broaden that scope with the various types of courses being offered and strengthen the expressions of arts and culture in Dominica.”