Monday 23 November, 2020

Education Ministry to host Junior Soca Competition

Aspiring Soca artistes will not be left without the opportunity to showcase their talents this year, as the Ministry of Education will host its own Junior Soca Competition on Terrific Thursday.

The competition will take place February 20 at The Auditorium, Government Campus Plaza, Richmond Street, Port of Spain at 9.30 am.

Minister of Education Anthony Garcia, confirmed that the competition will replace Caribbean Prestige Foundation’s (CPF) Junior Soca Monarch this year.

This follows CPF’s decision to withdraw from hosting the event as they reassess the competition’s structure, as was announced February 6.

"Cultural education formed an important part of students' education. We have a responsibility at the Ministry of Education to ensure that our culture is being kept alive. Competitions like this, give students the opportunity to showcase their talents and abilities. It also represents the opportunity to value the hard work of teachers and parents working together for the benefit of our students,” Minister Garcia said.

Primary and secondary school students will compete for the Junior Soca crown, while exhibiting some of the highest levels of talent, sportsmanship, creativity, intellect and raw talent.

“School carnival competitions are examples of the effectiveness of the Visual and Performing Arts Curriculum within our nation’s schools,” Garcia added.

This is the second time that the Ministry will host the competition. The inaugural Junior Soca Competition took place in 2018, when the CPF made a similar announcement just one week before the event.

The competition format will be a single round. Registration is open online until February 16 at 11 pm. Visit the link available on the Ministry’s website for more information.

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