Govt. Will Launch Talent Search Programme in Kerala Schools: Minister


Thrissur: Emphasising the importance of art and cultural education in developing the latent creativity in children, Prof. C Raveendranath, Kerala Education Minister, said that the State Government’s is planning to implement a ‘talent search’ programme across the State.

“Kerala has been allotted Rs. 2 crore by the Union Government to start a talent search programme in government schools all over the State. The aim of the programme is to find new and hidden talents in our schools and groom them from a very young age – something similar to what the ‘Art by Children’ (ABC) is doing,” the Minister said here the other day.

The Minister was speaking at the closing ceremony of a three-day ABC workshop at Nandikkara Government Higher Secondary School. Lauding ABC for conducting workshops that use innovative techniques like storytelling, music and dance to engage children, Prof. Raveendranath said, “I have sought the support of ABC Programme Head Manu Jose for the talent search programme and he readily accepted my request.”

A unique art education initiative run by the Kochi Biennale Foundation, ABC is powered by Merck, pharma major and official outreach partner. About 50 students participated in the workshop, which ran from March 10-12. Each student was awarded certificates at the function.

Over the past few months, the ABC programme has conducted similar workshops across Kerala. It aims to reach out to 5,000 children and school teachers in 100 schools.

“The ABC programme is a unique platform that provides an alternate space outside of school curriculum and homes for children to hone their artistic and creative talents. Besides schools, we have also held specially-themed workshops at Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016,” Manu Jose said, speaking on the occasion.