Primary school Year 6 students across all districts were award certificates on Monday for their involvement in a cultural after school programme titled “Bringing Heritage to Life”.
The after school programme comprised of three courses, spanning 12 weeks each: marine, silver thatch, cuisine and culinary skills and games and entertainment.
Chris Christian of Cayman Traditional Arts ran the innovative programme where children from West Bay to East End were able to participate in this cultural education.
Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush presented the certificates at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School Hall to the students who completed the Heritage Arts Programme.
“We need to ensure that every Caymanian child knows who they are and where they come from; to have a deep understanding of heritage and culture, taught through history and art traditions of the Cayman Islands,” Mr. Bush said.
Most of the students acknowledged the programme and their desire to see it continue in the next school year with involvement of Years 7 and 8 classes.
“Cayman Traditional Arts Chris Christian and his team of teachers continue to make a great impact in promoting Caymanian Culture. Over the years the students are enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoy these sessions. The programme is very informative and hands-on for the students,” said Maria Martin, George Town Primary School principal.
Gloria Bell, principal of Prospect Primary School, has recommended that the programme continues.
“The programme has been a resounding success. It has allowed the students of year six to be able to have a greater appreciation for their Caymanian culture and heritage and life in the yesteryears. As the principal of the school, I want to recommend that this programme be continued in the next academic year,” she said.
The numbers of students taught in different primary schools island-wide were:
Sir John A. Cumber Primary – 96
George Town Primary – 52
Savannah Primary – 54
Prospect Primary – 20
Red bay Primary – 25
Bodden Town – 40
North Side Primary – 13
East End Primary – 17