Saturday 29 February, 2020

National Schools Panorama 2020 kicks off

Education Minister Anthony Garcia and Pan Trinbago President Beverly Ramsey-Moore with students of Quaico Presbyterian Primary School.

Education Minister Anthony Garcia and Pan Trinbago President Beverly Ramsey-Moore with students of Quaico Presbyterian Primary School.

The National Schools Panorama 2020 competition began this Friday marking the contest's 45th year.

The event took place at the VIP room of the Queen's Park Savannah with officials from the Ministry of Education, stakeholders and participants present.  

PanTrinbago, the Pan in Schools Coordinating Council and the Tobago House of Assembly have recommitted to ensuring the success of the competition. 2020 will also be the first year that Early Childhood Care and Education Centres will benefit from the teaching and learning of the steel pan through the Music Expansion Project under the Multi-Cultural Music Program Unit (MMPU).

Education Minister Anthony Garcia restated his promise to keep the national instrument alive and increase its use as a critical component in education.  

“The dedication, the drive, the talent and the spirit of comradery that is exhibited all through the lead up and on the day of finals on the Savannah stage continuously amazes me. This experience is one that these students will take with them into adulthood and I wish to sincerely thank and congratulate each instructor, conductor, arranger and individual who contributes to these young people’s success. Your investment in these youths is an investment in the development of Trinidad and Tobago and for that, I am truly grateful”, said the Minister.

A total of 67 schools have registered for the competition marking a new record. 

During eight days of preliminary judging, 22 secondary and 45 primary schools will begin to showcase their talents. Students will play their way to the Grand Stand of the Queen’s Park Savannah as they compete for a spot in the finals on January 26, 2020.

 

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