actor, John Dumelo, has advised basic schools and parents to help develop the
cultural and creative abilities of wards which could form their future careers.
said that it was important for society to remind children of their cultural
heritage in order that they did not lose their cultural identity to foreign
as the Chairman at the Cultural Festival of St Thomas Preparatory and Junior
High School at Abeka in Accra, Mr Dumelo urged other basic schools to emulate
the gesture of St Thomas school in imparting knowledge of their peculiar
Ghanaian cultural identity to its students.
said with the present craze and fancy for social media technology platforms and
its unedited content, the likelihood of children or the youth losing their cultural
identity was very high.
Dumelo, speaking on the theme “Unearthing talents through culture” said that
there was the need for schools and other relevant authorities to organise
cultural events and activities to remind children of their cultural background
and historical roots.
“Whilst learning about our culture, it is not
out of place to learn about other African cultures which share similarity with our
culture merely to broaden our knowledge on those cultures in the African
setting,” he said, adding that positive aspects of other foreign cultures could
also be adopted.
Dumelo commended the school for organising the event, saying that it would go a
long way to broaden the knowledge of the youth on the diversity of the Ghanaian
said out of these young ones, there would be actors and actresses, musicians, and
many more and expressed his willingness to avail himself at anytime to help
develop the talents of the children.
a welcome address, the headmaster of the school, Mr Edwin Zotor said the
rationale for the event was to unlock the cultural potential of the children
and to promote a positive change in their behaviour.
said some of the pupils might not be academically inclined but gifted in other areas,
adding that such activities were appropriate to present an opportunity to them
to unearth their God-given potential in the arts.
Assistant Head of the school, Mama Dzewu III of Kpando Traditional area, urged
students to always abide by the principles of environmental cleanliness and not
dispose rubbish indiscriminately.
cultural dances were performed including dances from the Ashanti, Northern,
Volta and Greater Accra Regions.
By Francis Cofie
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