Garcia plans to push steelpan in all schools
The Pan in School project will be extended to all primary and secondary schools, Education Minister Anthony Garcia announced yesterday during his brief address at the launch of the 44th National Schools Panorama 2019 at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain.
Garcia said there are fewer discipline problems with students at schools involved in the ministry’s Multi-Cultural Music Programme Unit (MMPU).
“I heard mention made about the Morvant/Laventille project and that project is a shining example of what music can do for our students and pan continues to do quite a big deal for our students and for the people of Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.
The minister said he will be extending the pan project to all 455 primary schools and 125 secondary schools before he leaves office. He expressed the view that pan in schools is part and parcel of building confidence in students.
At the launch, there were powerful testimonials from a pupil of St Margaret’s Boys’ Anglican Primary School, the 11 times Junior Panorama Champs, and a student of St Francois Girls’ College, six-time champs, about how involvement with a school steelband had been a positive influence in their lives.
MMPU project co-ordinator Auburn Wiltshire announced the return of music festivals and a roving caravan at each district where bands will be encouraged to play all genres of music.
This year’s adjudicating for Schools Panorama takes place from February 11 to 15. Judges will visit 40 primary schools and 25 secondary schools. Scores and results will be released on February 18 and selection for final positions will be on February 20.
By Trinidad and Tobago Guardian