The Ministry of Education yesterday started a five-day workshop for adjudicators, music composers, and Trainers at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu County.
This is in preparation for the 92nd Edition of the 2018 Kenya Music Festival that will see over 1.7 Million students participate in the annual festival at the zonal, sub-county, County, Regional and National levels.
The Festival attracts learners from Early Childhood Development, Primary and Secondary schools, Middle level, Vocational colleges and University students. The chairman of the Kenya Music Festival opened the workshop at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu County.
Speaking at the workshop, the Chairman said Mr. Mr Peter Wanjohi Wanjohi said the performing arts like music and drama are vehicles of transmitting and imparting values, attitudes and thoughtful systems.
“The reason to have such workshop is to train and synchronize the new trends in the adjudication of teams,” Mr. Wanjohi noted.
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 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
The Festival will begin with 1.5 Million students in the regional levels and 200,000 students at national levels from Monday 6th August to 18th August 2018 at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology – Nyeri County.
The 92nd Kenya music festival features African, western, oriental and Islamic vocal and instrumental music and dance, Elocution in English, Kiswahili and other African languages, French Germany Arabic and Kenyan Sign Language.
The United Nations children’s fund (UNICEF) has taken a leading role as the main sponsor under their theme No violence against children is justifiable and all children have a right to quality education this is aimed at complimenting the government initiatives of giving every child a forum to interact learn practice and appreciate their own culture.
The other sponsors in the Music Festival will include Brooke East Africa, Equatorial Nut Processors National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) The Public Service Commission (PSC) National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) National Police Service Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Communication Authority of Kenya, Kenya Commercial Bank, vision 2030, Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) and NSSF.
The sponsors have given out key messages to be communicated with the participants; the messages to be communicated are in line with the Big four agenda goals of the government which are food security, affordable housing manufacturing, and affordable health care.
Present during the ceremony were deputy director field and co-curriculum Mr. Patrick Khaemba Executive secretary Ruth Agesa and other senior officials from the Ministry of Education.