SHOW OF HANDS: "The main mission of the culture clubs is to aid in preserving our diverse cultural heritage."
"Like how they talk about The Voice, that is how we want our Jamaican youngsters to talk about aspects of our Jamaican culture," explains regional manager of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (Eastern), David Stephen Reid, of the agency's renewed mission to bolster the work of culture clubs in local schools.
Recently students representing institutions like Mona High and the Portmore Community College gathered at the Girl Guides headquarters in Kingston for the latest in a series of regional conferences/induction ceremonies (under the theme Towards Making the Cultural Mecca: Using the 3 Super R's -- Revival, Rasta and Reggae), where they participated in edutainment activities aimed at testing the depth of their cultural awareness and listened to presentations from Dr. Maria Smith of the Jamaica National Commission and UWI's Dr. Jalani Niaah, among others.
"The main mission of the culture clubs is to aid in preserving our diverse cultural heritage," says Reid. "When students get involved in areas like culture, parents and teachers believe it is not economically viable, and we need to change that perception. It's about moving our country forward using the best of who we are as a people."