Friday 25 September, 2020

MoE collaborates with Pan Trinbago for Junior Panorama 2020

Education Minister Anthony Garcia (right); Pan Trinbago President Beverly Ramsey-Paul (right).

Education Minister Anthony Garcia (right); Pan Trinbago President Beverly Ramsey-Paul (right).

A team of senior executives from the Ministry of Education (MOE), led by Minister Anthony Garcia, met with Pan Trinbago officials to discuss plans for the National Schools Panorama 2020.

Leading the Pan Trinbago delegation was its President, Beverly Ramsey-Moore.

Minister Garcia said a committee of officials from both the Ministry and Pan Trinbago will be formed to plan the event this year.

“We have decided to appoint a small committee that will plan the Junior Panorama this year and that committee will meet tomorrow, (January 8, 2020),” he said.

He added that the introduction of pan in all schools is a way to ensure that it remains an integral part of the nation’s culture.

“The Multicultural Music Programme Unit is in charge of all aspects of music in our schools and pan is an important part of that whole cultural aspect of our country. The tradition of this culture is supported largely, by our pan. It is certainly my view that there should be a presence of pan in every school in Trinidad and Tobago. We will do everything to ensure that our children are able to keep that culture alive because if that is not done, we are going to lose it and we cannot afford to lose it. Pan is ours and the birth of pan must remain with Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.

Minister Garcia also stressed that teaching students to play pan significantly develops their literacy skills and powers of concentration, which helps them academically in the classroom.

“Teaching pan is always important, it’s an important part of our curriculum and we see pan as an important instrument in our desire to ensure that our students learn how to come to grips with the musical aspects of our culture,” he said.

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