President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has cut the sod for the construction a Creative Arts Senior High School, to be located in Kwadaso, in the Ashanti Region.
Cutting the sod on Sunday, 1st December, 2019, President Akufo-Addo stated that “we reaffirm our commitment to the growth of the creative arts industry by cutting the sod for the construction of the very first Senior High School in Ghana dedicated solely to the industry.”
“There could be no more fitting place for the siting of the first of many of such edifices than the ancient, vibrant city of Kumasi, famed for its rich pedigree of culture, music, dance, folklore and drama,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo stressed that government intends to construct more of such schools across the country.
This, he said, will enable young people, from every nook and cranny, gain access to this kind of specialised education to improve and hone their skills in the creative arts.
“I have every confidence that this school will serve as an important beacon for many young and talented people, seeking a fulfilling career in the creative arts,” he said.
President Akufo Addo urged leaders in the industry to make themselves available to provide guidance and inspiration to the new school, “as it takes its initial steps in order to ensure that a legacy of excellence is passed on to the younger generation within a clear and solid framework.”
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) pledged to promote the creative arts industry at the regional and district levels, literature, music, dance and drama competitions, particularly in schools and colleges.
The NPP also pledged to establish a Creative Arts Fund to provide funding to modernise and develop the sector, and also establish a Creative Arts Council to co-ordinate and harmonise the various interests and fragmented associations of the sector into a well-functioning body to protect the interests of its members.
In this vein, the Creative Arts Industry Bill has been presented to Cabinet for consideration, and, once passed by Parliament, the Act will establish the creative arts fund and an agency to promote the industry, and help Government create an enabling environment through which direct and indirect support for practitioners and the industry can be channelled.