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The critical role of Art Education

Book Summary   by:ArtEducator     Original Author: Michael Joseph Lellatom
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ABSTRACT THE CRITICAL ROLE OF ART EDUCATION FOR CREATIVITY AND CRITICAL THINKING IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT By M.J. Lellatom Secretary, Ghana Art Teachers Association (GATA), C/o Ayawaso Sub-Metro Education Office, Kotobabi, Box NT1, Accra New Town. E-mail: lellatom@hotmail.com Cell: 020-8127748) As Vocational Education is crucial for total national development anywhere, Creativity and Critical thinking becomes imperative. The aim is to reduce poverty as too many people are unable to attain their maximum in reaching high on the academic ladder due to poverty. Baiden (1996) maintains there is need to develop human resources to help maintain the economy on the path of steady growth, through such art-related job opportunities that involve the visual (fine) arts of drawing and painting also. Though Lellatom (2007) argues Ghana is endowed with such renowned Artists like Caren-Barbara Tayviah, Deputy Creative Director of Unik Image, he agrees there is still a rise annually in unemployment statistics among the educated in the formal sector. It is unlikely that any other list could remain complete for very long as new demands and technological advancement offer unique opportunities for people with interests and talent in art to enhance national economic development. Only the sky is thus their limit. PROPOSAL THE CRITICAL ROLE OF ART EDUCATION FOR CREATIVITY AND CRITICAL THINKING IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT By Michael Joseph Lellatom National Secretary of Ghana Art Teachers Association (GATA), C/o Ayawaso Sub-Metro Education Office, Kotobabi, Box NT1, Accra New Town. E-mail: lellatom@hotmail.com Cell: 020-8127748) Culture Organiser, Ghana Education Service, C/o Ayawaso Sub-Metro Education Office, Kotobabi, Box NT1, Accra New Town. THE CRITICAL ROLE OF ART EDUCATION FOR CREATIVITY AND CRITICAL THINKING IN VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT As Vocational Education is crucial for total national development anywhere, Creativity and Critical thinking becomes imperative since it aims at producing both learned academics and graduates with marketable skills to be self-reliant, set up their own businesses and employ others anyway. To reduce poverty, Baiden (1996) suggests there is the need to develop human resources to help maintain the economy on the path of steady growth, through job opportunities related to art and involving the visual (fine) arts of drawing and painting, such as Advertising, Architecture, Administration, Education, Therapy, Cartography, Computer Graphics, Entertainment and Special Effects Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Photojournalism.
Though Lellatom (2007) authoritatively, but modestly, observes Ghana is already endowed with such renowned enterprising Advertising Artists (e.g. Akora Caren-Barbara Tayviah, Deputy Creative Director of Unik Image), Architects (e.g. Akoras Evans-Anfom and Badger of Krane Construction), Art Educators ( in schools or offices), Painters and/or Sculptors (e.g. Akora Heather Badger, Wiz Kudowor and Kofi Setordji), Graphic Designers (e.g. Akora Kofi Opoku of Origin 8 Satchi & Satchi ), Fabric Designers (e.g. Theodosia Okoh of the Ghana Flag Design fame besides Akora Elike, Akora Tetteh Plahar , Mawuli Okudjeto''s MKOGH, Brigitte Naade Kragbe''s CHEZ JULIE Clothing), Interior Designers, Gallery Owners (e.g. Ablade Glover of Artists Alliance fame), Industrial Designers (e.g. Ekem, Zigah and Unique Ceramics Limited and Ampim Tetteh''s Emefa Jewellery), and Web-Site Designers (e.g. Akora Shansoudin Tetteh), there is still growing unemployment among the educated in the formal sector. However, these make vocational education crucial for national economic development. It is so vital that every effort be made to provide all the resources required to ensure that the graduates are benefit the skills that will make them more marketable and empower them to be self-sufficient to contribute for the nation. Significantly, as the abotioned lists is by no means complete, and furthermore, unlikely that any such lists could remain complete for very long, given the ever sheer increasing modern technological advancements, as indeed even now, new demands offer unique career opportunities for people with interests and talent in art, better benefits of national economic development can be achieved with the 2007 Education Reforms. The implementation of the vocational curricular ought to be approached more seriously henceforth for only the sky is thus the limit of holders of art-related careers.
Published: June 30, 2007   
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