The Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Creative Arts Agency, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, held her first meeting with the Creative Arts Education Committee on Thursday, April 14, 2022.
At the meeting comprising stakeholders in the creative arts industry gleaned from the mainstream arts and entertainment sector, the media and academia, Gyankroma charged the committee to expedite action on its mandate, so they could present a proposed bill to Parliament.
“I’m hoping that we have some sort of proposed bill before the end of the year to be implemented,” she said.
As part of laying a solid foundation for the arts in terms of education, the committee has been tasked to find ways of liaising with the Ministry of Education to make teaching and learning in schools more effective and practicable.
Speaking at the meeting, Ms. Gyankroma said there were plans to start the initiative from the teacher training colleges.
According to her, starting with them will ensure there is a firm footing for the project since teachers are the implementers of the curriculum.
“We’ve found that we don’t have the practitioners who are actually trained within the industry itself. But there are separate teachers and not really creative arts teachers,” she said.
“I spoke to the Minister of Education, and he felt we need to tackle teacher training first but also starting first with our industry players,” Gyankroma added