Title: Representations of their private speech and thoughts : CARIFESTA Secretariat launches Child Art competition
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Title: Representations of their private speech and thoughts : CARIFESTA Secretariat launches Child Art competition
Physical Description: Newspaper clipping
Language: English
Creator: Osman, Raschid
Publisher: Guyana Chronicle, Wednesday, 14 May 2008, page 14
Publication Date: 2008
Subject: Caribbean
Programme of Activities
CARIFESTA Youth Village
CARIFESTA Youth Website
Abstract: Article reports on the launching of the art competition for children on Tuesday, 13 May 2008, by Dr. Frank Anthony, Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports at Patentia, West Bank Demerara. Competition is being run in three categories for children aged 8-11, 12-14 and 15-22, with several prizes awarded in each. UNICEF Guyana are sponsoring among other activities, the prizes for the art competition, the hosting of the CARIFESTA Youth Village and the launching of a Caribbean youth website. Other officials at the launch who made presentations were Dr. Desrey Fox, Minister in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Philbert Gajadhar, Chairman, Visual Arts Committee, CARIFESTA Secretariat and Mr. Geoffrey Ijumba, UNICEF Sub-regional Advisor.
Funding: Digitized with funding from the Digital Library of the Caribbean grant awarded by TICFIA.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00100667
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
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Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA X 2008

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14 GUYANA CHRONICLE Wednesday, May 14, 2008

CARIFESTA Secretariat launches Child Art Competition

'Representations of

their private speech

and thoughts'

B. Raschid Osman

The Caribbean Fe.tiial of
Crealihe Arts ICARIFESTi
Secrelarial )eslerda)
launched its Child Arl Com-
pelition al Ihe Palenlia Sec-
ondar) School on Ihe \estl
Bank, Demerara, before a
gathering of children from
schools al Palenlia and %\ales,
wilh Cullure and Sport Min-
ister Frank Anthony urging
each one of them to submit
entries to the competition
which closes May 31.
This is the first time
CARIFESTA is sponsoring a
competition for children, Minis-
ter Anthony noted, and partici-
pating states have been urged to
stage similar competitions, with
a view to bringing all the winning
entries together for an exhibition
here during the festival later this
In his presentation as to
why a child art competition, Mr.
Philbert Gajadhar, Chairman Vi-
sual Arts Committee at the Sec-
retariat, observed that while one
often dismisses child art as mere
scribbles, the works children
produce are really representa-
tions of their private speech and
thoughts, a revealing of their per-
sonalities, all this in the lines and
colours they commit to paper
and cloth and whatever medium.
With this the child offers a
part of himself, and tells us how
he feels and thinks.
The competition is being run
in three categories, 8 to 11, 12
to 14 and 15-22, with first, sec-
ond and third prizes to be
awarded in each category.
A further expression of the
art of Guyana's children will be

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allowed in .1 I11-n metre mur.il I.
be painted on the Georgeir. r.
sea'all. a public art i'rk th.i i.
e\petied in he there \ear' ,ilici
CARIFESTA X had come a.id
IINICEF Sub-Reg'ion.al
\di,,or Mr Geoffrei liumbh.
iwk. dl|o at the launch. and h.
outlined hi'. lrganli7atiln par
ieLpation in the fe-t.ial
This include. ..ponoii iln.
prizes for the art competition
both locally and regionally; host-
ing the CARIFESTA Youth Vil-
lage, with digital playground
workshops for children, with
tutoring in the production of
one-minute videos, and the pre-
sentation of these using beamers
and big screens during the festi-
val; the seawall mural, along
with painting a designated spacw
at the UNICEF office on
Brickdam and on the fence out-
side the building; and the launch-
ing of a Caribbean youth
Mr. Ijumba said that partici-
pating in CARIFESTA X is not
just fulfilling a mandate.
Rather, we see it more as
a privilege to be able to afford
Guyana's children the opportu.
nity to participate in history, in
a festival that speaks of so many
things our culture, our life,
our purpose our very existence
as a nation and as a region", he
The children at the Patentia
school were also given a pep talk
by Minister in the Ministry of
Education, Dr. Desrey Fox, who
recalled with nostalgia her lead-
ing Guyana's 100 strong contin-
gent to the CARIFESTA in
Trinidad and Tobago in 2006,
and the tremendous participa-

lion the\ .ill eniili ed
She recall' the great interest
in Gul\.an-i', ui.ine anionig par-
ncipani, :inJ i,'itor, to the big
hajh. ind pinried out. oth un-
Jerta.indhle '.nl.itI nlon. ihit
their GuLIance di'h %thjch pro,.ed
to be nmi.I popular in ihe lmin-
Iland republic ',a, pepper-pot
She i, cenain thal once again
GutLanece di'he., oill be a big
thing at CARIFESTA X and e\-
pressed confidence that the

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i niic, e'. ill be more ilian equal
io the ia'k of proniollin_: our
(Gu. alnese nieriu
The ekhbiintn miotinted lor
the launch featured intereiing
imurjal and ne-d\e piece, and
trafi itemi all in li cl\ i l..'olo.ur.
%. iih concept' and line, hel ing
the lender age of those oho fah-
i.ned ihem.
\ ilh all Ihis Mr. Gajadhar
was quite pleased.

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