Primary School students across the country are preparing to participate in the 2017 edition of the ECGC Primary Schools Performing Arts Festival (PRISPAF) which is set to commence next month.
The festival will run for six weeks from February 7-March 8, with Grand Days on March 16 and 17 at the Kingstown Methodist Church hall.
Drama Development Officer and Coordinator of PRISPAF, Martin Quashie says 56 schools have expressed an interest in participating in the festival.
Speaking at the launch of the festival on Monday January 23, at the Kingstown Public Library, representative of the East Caribbean Group of Companies (ECGC), Mr. Lorne Holder whose company has contributed $6,000 towards the staging of this year’s festival said PRISPAF allows for students to enjoy a balance between academics and the performing arts.
Meanwhile, Senior Education Officer for Primary Schools, Joycelyn Blake-Browne said participation in the performing arts enables students to improve their confidence, develop listening, viewing and language skills, and is a medium for self expression as well as exposes them to the Vincentian and Caribbean history.
She is encouraging parents and teachers to allow students to participate in the festival since it helps in developing well rounded students.