Minister within the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture Youth and Sport, Nicolette Henry, has advocated for the spirit of patriotism to resonate with Guyanese as the National Golden Jubilee songbook was launched.
The launch held at the National Cultural Centre is a part of the calendar of events for Guyana’s upcoming Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Minister Henry explained “patriotism is important for understanding independence and is an inevitable quality every individual should have for his or her country.” She further pointed out that it is imperative for parents and teachers to help their children become familiar with the national songs which are ideal for promoting patriotism.
Music teacher Marilyn Dewar who was one of the book’s editors, along with Andrea Mentore said the publication is to be utilised by school children, young people and adults to make them knowledgeable of Guyana’s national songs.
The book is a small sample of over 100 songs scored by Major Colin Robert Burns and Clifton Paul. It was published by the Ministry of Education, Department of Culture Youth and Sport.
The songs give an insight of the composers, as well as present the vision of Guyana and its cultures.
Copies of the book will be available free in schools, on sale at book stores in Guyana and at theMinistry of Education’s Department of Culture of Youth and Sport for a cost of $2000. (GINA)