Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism
The Finals of the ICP National Secondary School’s Quiz
Monday 29th June, 2015
Lecture Theatre 1, Faculty of Engineering, UWI
Dr The Honourable H. Lincoln Douglas
Minister of the Arts and Multiculturalism
I am certainly pleased to be here with you for this closing ceremony of PanKnowRama 2015. The Ministry of the Arts and Multiculturalism and by extension the government of Trinidad and Tobago takes pleasure in supporting this initiative, as it has surely enhanced the knowledge of steelpan history for both our young people involved and for our audiences.
Indeed, this steel pan quiz has been a worthwhile undertaking. Apart from the impressive prizes….the trophies, tickets for international travel and the monetary awards that will be presented here today….you have already been given an award that is more valuable and long lasting. PanKnowrama has provided our young people with the opportunity to use their time in a positive and constructive way. Through their involvement with the quiz, they have gained much insight into the national instrument and can therefore transfer this knowledge to their peers and to future generations.
I hope that each of the children here today will use this experience to strengthen their identities as young Trinbagonians. As Marcus Garvey said “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots”.
My intention this morning is to be brief, but I do wish to reinforce my support of today’s proceedings and to encourage these students to continue their study into the national instrument and enlighten others about its origins and its development over the years.
I thank you.