Chigwaja Learners Showcase Expressive Arts

A delegate admiring some of the works by the learners A delegate admiring some of the works by the learners - pic by Happy Njalam'mano

Learners at Chigwaja Primary School at Chilomoni in Blantyre have expressed the art they learn during a fair that was held at the school on Monday.

Head teacher for the school, Blessings Chikulungeni, said after inspecting the art that it is important to encourage learners in their artistic work as art is a form of self-employment.

“More learners in many schools across the country do not do well in expressive arts subject. We, therefore, decided to encourage them through this event where they have showcased what they are capable of doing.

“Unemployment is a big issue in the country. When they grow up, these children will be able to be their own bosses if they advance their talent,” he said.

Deputy Head of Department of Expressive Arts at the Blantyre Teachers Training College, Leamington Twaya, said the country has a lot of people who are doing well in life through expressive arts.

“Look at footballers; Joseph Kamwendo, Fischer Kamwendo, they are doing well in their careers; that is part of expressive arts. Let us encourage our children when we notice they have certain talents.

“We have seen the learners singing; encourage them; they may be great musicians of tomorrow such as the likes of Lucius Banda. Some are doing pottery and many more. We have to nurture them while they are young,” he said.

He called on authorities to ensure schools have enough resources on expressive arts if the subject is to bear fruits in the country.

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