This unit plays its role in developing and releasing the full potential of the child. While the curriculum seeks to ensure a literate child, it also seeks to develop physically sound and literate learner with an understanding and acceptance of their collective cultural heritage.
Consequently therefore, specific art forms such as dance, drama, music, art and craft, physical education and gymnastics will be coordinated by this unit and must form part of the national curriculum of schools. The unit must also counter the hindering factors for successful implementation of the programmes, such as appropriate physical facilities, limited teaching personnel and inadequate supply of instructional material and equipment.
Success in Allied Arts will result in a self disciplined, respectful, tolerant, self confident and team oriented leaders.
In pursuing this ideal the Unit will:
- cause the Expressive Arts of Drama, Physical Education, Dance, Music and Visual Arts to be included in Teacher Training Programmes.
- Have continuous and systematic training programmes for teachers of all levels to acquire new knowledge and techniques in dealing with the Allied Arts area.
- Sensitize school educators, school supervisors parents and learners about the scope and value of Allied Arts.
- create, acquire, use and distribute facilities, instructional materials and equipment relevant to the Allied Arts programme.
- have Allied Arts Departments established in all Secondary Schools.
- provide opportunities for the development of talent both locally and internationally.
- network among institutions and units within and outside the Ministry
The Allied Arts Unit has been tasked with the responsibility of ensuring Physical Education is given its rightful place on the curriculum of schools. To this end selected teachers, who have undergone training in Physical Education are being placed in the Unit to service the Regions. These officers will conduct workshops for teachers in the regions to increase their knowledge of PE, visit schools to monitor their activities and provide guidance to ensure viable PE programmes are conducted in schools.
This drive supports the aim of providing quality education as PE is known to aid the Cognitive Development of the child, improve academic achievement and develop motor skills.
Psycho motor skills are developed through Physical Education and is known to build self esteem, self confidence and self discipline. It is also known to aid social and emotional development reduce stress, engender all round physical and moral development and improve the health status of children.