Make creative arts industry lucrative – Tourism Minister

Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, Dzifa Abla Gomashie, has said it was about time the youth cashed in on the creative arts industry.

She noted that the country has many potential people who have in-depth knowledge about the Ghanaian culture and through creativity, they would able to attract tourists into the country.

The Deputy Minister was speaking on the sidelines of an entertainment program organized in collaboration with an NGO Value for Life.

The program according to Dzifa Abla Gomashie, was also to enable the youth from selected SHS in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta region to unearth their God-given talents. It was also aimed at celebrating the late composer of the national anthem, Ephraim Amu.

According to Mrs Gomashie, the event was initiated to expose the youth to indigenous cultures and help them value their capability in the creative arts industry.

The mastermind behind the program, Minister for food and Agriculture, Fifi Fiavi Kwetey , said Volta Region is known for its creativity and rich culture.

He noted that the program has come to stay and that the youth will continue to be impacted with skills and training to boost tourism and culture in the Ketu South Municipality and the region as a whole.

Programs Coordinator for Value for life, Samuel Elavanyo, stated that the NGO tries tirelessly to bridge the gap between formal and informal education and that students from selected schools were trained in batik tie and dye, as well as beads and calabash making.

He said Value for Life is essentially devoted to leveraging youth comprehensive education, enhancing their skills for survival galvanizing formal and informal education grater knowledge through civic and moral education as well literary and creative works.

Since its re-launch in 2010, the NGO has successfully organized a series of workshops and competitions in the forms of drama, cooking, writing, storytelling, annual creative arts vacation camps, mentoring and excursions for Junior High Schools in the Volta Region.

Participants of the program from the various senior high schools told Joy News that the program is an eye opener for them and that they are grateful to the ministers and the organizers for the opportunity given them to learn.

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