Calypso to be taught in schools in Trinidad and Tobago

An agreement has been signed between the Ministry of Education and Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO),  for Calypso to be taught in schools as part of the visual and performing arts curriculum.

“It is incumbent upon us that we ensure that all our youths are exposed to all aspects of our cultural heritage, notably the steelpan and calypso which gave birth to so many sub-genres that we enjoy today,” Education Minister Anthony Garcia said after a meeting with TUCO president Lutalo ” Brother Resistance” Masimba on Friday. 

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The steelpan musical instrument

During the meeting, there were discussions on the use of calypso as a tool for teaching and learning.

The minister said calypso can be used to teach children to better understand poetry, essay writing, and even mathematics.

“It is incumbent upon us that we ensure that all our youths are exposed to all aspects of our cultural heritage”

— Trinidad and Tobago Education Minister, Anthony Garcia

TUCO – which is observing Calypso month, will work alongside the ministry in teaching the art of writing and singing calypsoes from the level of early childhood care and education to primary and secondary schools.

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“People must be aware of their culture, and culture has to be transmitted from one generation to the other,” Garcia said.

The education ministry, he said, is doing everything to assist TUCO in ensuring that calypso is kept alive.