Professional Artefact, May 2013Will a UK accredited Drama/Performing Arts programme beeffective in schools in Ghana?Afi Agyeman, Middlesex University
Rationale✤ Equip students with adequate knowledge and skills in performing✤ Nurture talent in youths✤ Create a better perception for adults of the benefits of PerformingArts✤ Establish a relationship between education and Performing Arts
Culture of Ghana✤ Culture means Life-Style manifested by particular people/society
History Of Arts in Ghana✤ In 1958 the experimental theatre players was founded by EfuaSutherland✤ In 1959 ‘The National Symphony Orchestra of Ghana’ was created✤ In 1961 it was renamed ‘The Ghana Drama Studio’✤ In 1968 a touring theatre company called the Kusum players wascreated✤ In 1992 the National Theatre was built on the site of the drama studio
History cont.✤ The Ghana Drama Studio was moved to the University of Ghana atLegon, and was rebuilt as an exact replica of the original DramaStudio. Joe de Graft later became the first director of what is nowknown as the School of Performing Arts after its separation from theInstitute of African Studies to become the School of Music, Dance andDrama. The School offers diploma and two undergraduate degreeprogrammes in addition to graduate level programmes up to the PhDlevel.
Pioneers of Arts in Ghana✤ Efua Sutherland (1924-1996) Joe Coleman De Graft (1924-1978) Ama Ata Aidoo (1942-present)✤ Kwame Nkrumah (1909-1972) J.J Rawlings (1947-present)
The National Theatre, Accra✤ Opened in 1992✤ Built by the Chinese as a Gift to ghana formally known as the GoldCoast✤ Hosts three resident companies the National Dance Company, theNational Symphony Orchestra, and the National Theatre Players
Facts about schools✤ 12,630 primary schools, 5,450 junior secondary schools, 503 seniorsecondary schools, 38 teacher training colleges, 18 technicalinstitutions, two diploma-awarding institutions and five publicuniversities✤ Most children begin their education at the age of three or four startingfrom nursery school to kindergarten, then primary school, juniorhigh school, senior high school, and university.✤ Ghana has B.E.C.E that means "Basic Education CertificateExamination" the equivalent to U.K.‘s GCSE’S and this exam has to betaken before a student is accepted into senior high school.
Facts about schools cont.✤ Examined subjects: Mathematics, English, Social Studies, IntegratedScience,Basic Designing and Technology, InformationCommunication and Technology, Religious and Moral Education,French✤ International schools follow either the French, Swiss, American orBritish curriculum
Drama in the curriculum✤ 83.3% of my survey participants agreed creativity is important instudies✤ Finding and nurturing talent at a young age can help students see ifthis is a career they would like to pursue or even just help them growa person✤ Culture is important in the Ghanaian society, creativity in studiescould promote appreciation of Ghanaian arts and culture in schools✤ Create performance opportunities for the youth✤ Potential examining bodies: AQA, Edexcel
How can Arts be promoted inSchools?✤ Awareness Encouragement FacilitiesTeachers✤ More plays and theatre visits
How can Arts be promoted inSchools and Ghana?✤ Funding Advertising Collaboration
Micheal AkenooI am optimistic that Ghana can effect an acceleratedpace of developing her theatre in the 21st century if she can takeadvantage of the present favorable and unprecedented conditionsprevailing in the country, namely, the possession of a national theatrebuilding, a Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture and the recentestablishment of Theatre Arts Departments at theUniversity of Education Winneba, the University of Cape Coastand the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
John Mensah SarbahThe study of their ownancient as well asmodern history has beenshamefully neglectedby educated inhabitantsof the Gold Coast