Calypso to be taught in schools
Education Minister Anthony Garcia and members of the Ministry of Education’s Strategic Executive Team met with the President and the Assistant General Secretary of the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO), Lutalo ‘Brother Resistance’ Masimba and Shirlane Hendrickson, to discuss joint initiatives aimed at promoting calypso in schools.
The meeting, held at the Education Tower in Port of Spain on Friday, was a continuation of previous discussions held on the use of calypso as a tool for teaching and learning.
As TUCO observes Calypso History Month, Minister Garcia saw this as an opportunity to revitalize the teaching of calypso in the nation’s schools through the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum.
“It is incumbent upon us that we ensure that all our young charges are exposed to all aspects of our cultural heritage, notably the steelpan and calypso which gave birth to so many sub-genres that we enjoy today,” Minister Garcia stated.
At the meeting, the establishment of a cross-functional team was agreed upon which will comprise representatives from TUCO, the Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Multicultural Music Programme Unit, Laventille/Morvant Schools’ Improvement Project and other key Units and Divisions of the Ministry.
The objective is to assure the sustainability of calypso as an art form well beyond the carnival season.