MOE & CPF partner for National Schools’ Soca Monarch Competition

Chairperson of Caribbean Prestige Foundation, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez and Chief Education Officer (Ag) John Roopchan

The Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education is pleased to announce that the National Schools’ Soca Monarch (NSSM) competition is back. The event will be held on Thursday February 28th 2019 (Terrific Thursday) from 10 a.m. at a venue to be announced.

Chairperson of Caribbean Prestige Foundation, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez and Chief Education Officer (Acting) John Roopchan made the disclosure at a joint news conference on Tuesday 19th February 2019. Ms Lyons-Alvarez said the NSSM is very pleased that the Ministry of Education is partnering with the Foundation to continue the legacy of Soca Monarch and Soca and Culture. “As we know, a lot of the Artistes in the country actually started in the Junior Soca Monarch. The Junior Soca Monarch is a garden for the senior Soca Monarch and we want to make sure that the garden is very well tendered to and taken care of.” She also announced that all outstanding prize monies for the 2016 competition will be paid in the coming week.

Chief Education Officer (Acting) John Roopchan said the Ministry of at Education is fortunate for the collaboration. “We seek to provide the best opportunity for students to realise their full potential and it is important for us to create those performance spaces for children to really identify with and to ensure that they can express themselves culturally using our indigenous Art Forms. As a Ministry of Education, we are very pleased to be part of this activity and to provide all support required so our children will always be our number one priority.”

The CPF is a non-profit organisation which facilitates the production of the NSSM competition by partnering with the Ministry of Education. The competition’s aim is to positively contribute to the cultural, social and holistic development of the children of Trinidad and Tobago through the performing arts.

The NSSM which was established in 1997 is an initiative intended to provide a safe and encouraging avenue for children to explore and refine their undeveloped talents.

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