The arts of calypso and carnival are to be introduced into schools through a pilot project to be launched in Grenada in January. The announcement came from the country’s Junior Culture Minister Senator Arley Gill during a recent function in St. George’s. Senator Gill says the project involves teaching calypso writing, calypso singing, and costume making to students. The project is similar to one involving the steel band movement several years ago.
The pilot project is a joint initiative involving carnival stakeholders and the United Nations Education and Scientific Organization, UNESCO. Senior officer within the Ministry of Culture, David ‘Peck’ Edwards has been credited with negotiating the project with UNESCO. Calypsonians and members of the Mass Band Association are expected to act as resource personal during the project, details of which will be made public later this year.
Culture officials say a curriculum is currently being developed for the introduction of calypso and mas’ in schools.
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