SINGAPORE: More than 200 students from Bedok Green Primary School will showcase batik paintings at Bedok Community Centre on August 11, thanks to an S$8,000 grant from the government.
36 schools, including Bedok Green Primary, are the first batch of recipients of the Arts and Culture Presentation Grant (ACPG) launched last October.
They were given a total of S$168,000 to present their students' arts, culture and heritage programmes and activities through public performances and exhibitions.
Beyond classroom learning, the grant is aimed at promoting the arts and heritage as part of a holistic education for children and youths.
Lawrence Wong, acting minister for culture, community and youth, said: “It is valuable for children, intrinsically, for them to appreciate and love the arts. But there is also value for children in other ways. First of all, in terms of cultivating in them the sense of creativity and imagination which I think will be useful for them even as they grow up, even when they are in the workforce.”
The ACPG is a two-year pilot initiative by the National Arts Council, with support from the Ministry of Culture, Community & Youth, Ministry of Education and National Heritage Board and co-funded by the Tote Board. - CNA/xq
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