By Benjamin Flowers
The National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) and the Republic of China Taiwan have teamed up to launch the Primary Schools Art Skills Training (PSAST) Pilot Project.
The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) presented a check a cheque for $35,206 to the President of NICH Diane C. Haylock on Monday.
The donation, which will go towards the projects’ implementation, was handed over by First Secretary Amino Chi on behalf of H.E. David C.K. Wu, Ambassador to Belize from the Republic of China (Taiwan).
Information Officer for NICH, Shari Williams, told the Reporter that the PSAST will last six months, running from July to December. After the pilot period is over, the Taiwanese government will decide whether or not the programme will continue.
The project, which is conducted by Taiwanese artist and art teacher Fiona Huang, is to increase access to creative arts programmes to more primary schools.
“Ms. Juang has been working for a number of years with St. Joseph and Holy redeemer Primary school. At NICH we wanted to extend the amount of students that had access to this service so we sent out letters, particularly to schools on the south side of Belize City,” Williams explained this week.
The PSAST will have a pilot cohort of 50 students, who will be taught painting from basic to advanced levels. It is schedule to commence on July 1st, 2014, at the Department of Youth Services on Regent Street.