The Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) has dominated the Rift Valley Regional Music Festival that is being held at Maasai Mara University in Narok County.
Music festivals come at a time when the country is in the process of implementing the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) in schools where learners are performing in areas such as music, dance, film and theatre.
The event showcased the immense talent of young learners from across the Rift Valley region while highlighting the importance of arts education within the framework of the CBC learning process.
Under the CBC, the focus is shifted from rote memorization to the development of practical skills, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities, among other key areas in school.
By incorporating music festivals into the curriculum, this aimed at providing students with a hands-on opportunity to apply their knowledge and talents in a real-world setting, fostering a holistic approach to education.
The participating schools presented a wide range of musical performances, including choral singing, traditional folk songs, modern compositions, instrumental recitals, and many others.
Each performance was meticulously evaluated by a panel of expert judges who assessed the students based on the CBC's competency domains, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and cultural appreciation.
Lawrence Kaburu, Regional Quality Assurance Officer, emphasised the importance of music and the arts in enhancing students' overall development.
He stated, 'Through music and artistic expression, we are nurturing the talent and creativity of our future leaders. CBC provides a platform to identify and nurture individual skills, ultimately preparing students for a rapidly changing world.'
According to Danson Mwanje, a trainer at St. Bridges Academy in Elgeyo Marakwet County, the integration of music festivals into the CBC not only provides students with a platform for self-expression but also promotes cultural diversity and inclusivity.
'By incorporating traditional music and dances, students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of their heritage, fostering a sense of pride and identity,' Mwanje added.
Moreover, the Regional Music Festivals acted as a networking opportunity for teachers and education professionals to exchange ideas and experiences on implementing the CBC effectively.
It allows learners to learn from one another and explore innovative teaching methodologies to engage students and optimise learning outcomes.
The success of the Music Festivals serves as a testament to the growing recognition of the importance of arts education within the CBC framework.
It also highlights the commitment of educational institutions to create a well-rounded learning environment that nurtures the talents and abilities of every student while preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.
Source: Kenya News Agency