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PM Skerrit calls for culture to become part of the schools program

first_imgLocalNews PM Skerrit calls for culture to become part of the schools program by: – October 24, 2011 19 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. (file photo)Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has made a call for culture to become part of the curriculum of schools across the island.Skerrit who is also the Parliamentary Representative for the Vieille Case constituency says plans must be put in place to ensure that the future generation is able to continue the country’s cultural traditional.Skerrit told a ceremony to mark Heritage Day in Vieille Case on Sunday that a decision will be taken to make it mandatory for all schools to form a cultural group.“I have spoken to the minister and she has indicated that we would like to see all schools in Dominica form a cultural group. It’s not a matter of choice. It has to be part of the schools program. What I would like to see happen as part of the independence program is that we can have a schools explosion of our cultural art form in Dominica,” he said.He also made a call for Dominicans to recommit themselves to building the country through unity.“It cannot be just about partisan politics. We have to be able to embrace each other as fellow Dominicans, as fellow villages. That’s the only way we can build our country, if there is love in our hearts and if we are willing to look beyond our personal grievances and look at the greater things that matter to Dominica and the well being of Dominicans matter more than anything else in our country and we can only achieve it if we have love in our hearts,” he said.Meantime Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Justina Charles indicated that plans are being finalized to make this a reality.“Prime Minister Skerrit has taken a deep personal interest in culture and would like to see an active cultural program with every school on the island. My ministry is responding to this and we are in discussing with the ministry of education to develop strategies to make this a reality. All this is a reflection of the important contrition that your community has made and continues to make towards the development of culture in Dominica,” she added.In related news, Arthur Massicot received the award for Cultural Elder for 2011.Chief Cultural Officer Mr Raymond Lawrence. (file photo)Chief Cultural Officer Raymond Lawrence who gave the citation noted that Massicot was a master at the traditional dance especially the Quadrille. “He served as a councilor on the Vieille Case Village Council for thirteen years helping selflessly and playing his part in building up the village. For 33 years he served a rural constable and special policemen, he was resolute and astute and consequently provided support for the police force in the area,” he said.Dorothy Leblanc, Leon Brumant, Titus Honore’, Cecil Romain, Ruth Joseph and Justine LeBlanc were the other seven other cultural stalwarts who were recognized during the Heritage Day ceremony in Vieille Case on Sunday.A cultural gala, exhibition and a performance on Quadrille were among the other highlights which formed part of the Heritage Day celebration in Vieille Case.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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