NAIROBI May 11, 2017 – The Ministry of Education, jointly with the Central Bank of Kenya jointly Government yesterday launched the 91st Edition of the Kenya Music Festival, 2017 that will see over that will see some 1.7 million students participate in the annual festivities at regional and national levels.
The Festival, which attracts learners from Early Childhood Development, Primary and Secondary schools, Middle level and Vocational colleges and University students, was launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, and the Governor of Central Bank of Kenya, Dr. Patrick Njoroge at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
Central Bank of Kenya has given the Ministry Kshs.25 million to help finance the Music festival which beginsthe regional levels on June to culminate at Masinde Muliro University, Kakamega in July for Nationals.
Dr. Matiang’i said the performing arts like music and drama are vehicles of transmitting and imparting values, attitudes and thoughtful systems.
He said the Bank’s support of the festival provided a rare opportunity of educating learner’s important financial and economic concepts such as price stability, a sound rational payment system and a vibrant financial sector.
Dr. Njoroge challenged students to take advantage of every opportunity the school system gave them to learn, saying talent development was a major component of the learning process available to children in school.
As a co-curricular activity in the Ministry of Education calendar, the Kenya Music Festival helps gifted students develop and showcase their talents on a national platform.
The theme of this year’s Festival is “Enhancing National Unity, Cohesion and Integration through Kenya Music Festival”.
The Festival will begin with 1.5 million students in the regional levels and 200,000 students at national levels from June 26, 2016 and culminate at the national level in August 2016.
The Festival is a forum for mentoring and nurturing promising performers of music, dance and elocution to showcase their talents and avail opportunities for career development. It also promotes the preservation and appreciation of the diverse Kenyan cultures to foster national unity, the Kenyan identity and global recognition among other objectives
Present during the ceremony were Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang, Director General, Mrs. Leah Rotich, the Director of Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development Dr. Julius Jwan, and other senior officials from the Ministry and Central Bank.