Determined to make Agricola a crime-free community, the Guyana Police Force through its A Division, held an eight week programme in which some children from that neighbourhood were exposed to various forms of art work.
The programme, Agricola Creativity Faces was launched at the St. Anne’s Primary School on June 28, last and saw the presence of more than 120 children, with some as young as five- years- old.
During the last eight-weeks, the children were exposed to tie-dying, rock and shirt paintings, and the creation of various items using recycled materials. Classes were held every Saturday at the school.
At the end of each class, the children were treated to a hearty lunch before returning home.
Coordinator of the programme, Indira Hicken said that the course is a part of the development project in collaboration with the police to transform the community into a village with skillful people.
She further emphasized that despite the fact that some of the children are pretty young; they did extremely well and exhibited the potential to take part in painting competitions in the near future.
“Today (yesterday) is the last day of the programme and we are doing paintings on shirts. We have some of the children painting flowers, butterflies and hearts on their shirts with different colour paints,” Mrs. Hicken emphasized.
Headmistress at the school, Melissa Hinds said that members of the police force have been making significant contributions in relation to the development of the children.
“We are happy that the police came into this community and give the children a chance to showcase their talents,” the head teacher posited.
She further stated that it was a good venture to have the children involved in, rather than doing nothing at home, waiting on school to reopen.
Next Saturday, an exhibition showcasing the various items made by the children will be held at the school.
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