The Youth and Children Centre for Arts Foundation last Friday held its first Genius Arts Gambia Olympiad inter-schools arts exhibition competition at the Success Professional Tutor along QCell road at Kairaba Avenue.
The competition, which saw the participation of dozens of students from twenty senior secondary schools within the Greater Banjul Area in region one, was expected to select three winners.
The said winners will also stand the chance of representing their various schools and the country at the Fifth Arts Olympiad World Children’s Festival in Washington D.C. in summer 2015.
Speaking to this reporter at the event, the founder and CEO of Youth and Children Centre for Arts Foundation The Gambia, Fredrick E. Puis, said the project, which is a non-profit organization, is working with and for children in The Gambia.
According to him, they are registered under the Company Act 1995, adding that it is a children advocacy network under the auspices of the Youth and Children Art Foundation using the arts, media, theatre and outreach programmes to advocate on issues affecting children.
Mr Puis said the project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, is aimed at complementing the efforts of the education ministry, to facilitate a healthy and academic contest among schoolchildren or students in arts, to serve as a forum to discover the participants in the Genius Arts Olympiad worldwide as well as to serve as a forum to improve the study of arts.