Principles of Teaching the Arts in Education

“The arts will make a positive impact here in Liberia because it helps [students] to create something from the imagination. It helps them see colors, being blended, coming together, something come to life. So it will help in developing students. It will help in the development of Liberia. I believe that.”

-Khaliatu George, Tubman University student in Principles of Teaching the Arts in Education

May 2012 – July 2012

Harper, Liberia

36 youth participants

Trained future teachers in the use of art in the classroom

Principles of Teaching the Arts in Education, an innovative practice course within the College of Education at the W.V.S. Tubman University in Harper, Liberia, was designed and facilitated in partnership with Colors of Connection under the leadership of Christina Mallie.

The Liberian educational system is devoid of the arts, employing a standard approach of rote memorization that engages a minimal number of cognitive processes. The goal of this collaborative project was to help student teachers understand how the arts can enhance the mental and physical health of individuals.

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“Art can make a positive impact in Liberia in the sense that in creating an avenue to send students to school who have an interest in art will help, because artists are the ones who are very sensitive of looking into the problems of people.”

-Scearis Doe, Tubman University student in Principles of Teaching the Arts in Education

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