National Arts Education Award (NAEA) Celebrates 10 Years of Promoting Arts Education in Schools

 

6 in 10 Singapore schools have used the NAEA framework to develop a holistic and integrated approach to arts education

 

Singapore, 21 January 2014 – The National Arts Education Award (NAEA) marks a decade of recognising arts education efforts in schools, with 56 schools honoured in a ceremony at Goodman Arts Centre today.

 

Jointly developed by the National Arts Council (NAC) and Ministry of Education, the biennial award affirms schools which have adopted good practices and programmes to cultivate learning in and through the arts. Schools are encouraged to provide comprehensive arts activities across all art forms and in formal curriculum, co-curricular activities and enrichment programming.

 

Since 2003, the NAEA has seen participation from more than 200 schools, or close to 60% of Singapore schools - spanning primary, secondary, and Integrated Programme (IP) schools, and junior colleges.

 

To deepen students’ engagement with the arts, these schools have used the NAEA framework to guide their arts programming in a structured manner – from policy planning, implementation and review of activities, to tracking of achievements. (Refer to Annex A on the NAEA framework)

 

This year, four schools received the NAE Blaze Award for championing the arts and acting as role models for other schools, 25 schools received the NAE Glow Award for demonstrating holistic planning and processes in arts education, and 27 schools received the NAE Spark Award for having taken proactive steps to build a vibrant arts culture. (Refer to Annex B for the full list of this year’s 56 recipients)

 

Mr Kenneth Kwok, Director of Arts & Youth, NAC says, “It is encouraging to note that close to half of this year’s NAEA recipients are coming on-board for the first time. This shows that more schools are committed to arts education and find the NAEA framework helpful in establishing best principles and practices to guide them on their journey.”

 

One such first-time recipient is East View Primary School, which received a Spark award for its efforts to bring the arts to its students. For instance, the school has incorporated drama techniques for the teaching of subjects such as English, Chinese, Malay and Science.

 

Its principal, Mrs Yao-Lee Seow Foong says, “Through this programme, we can draw out the emotions of the pupils and connect them to expression in words and actions. This is in line with the whole-brain and whole-body approach to engage all the senses of the child to make learning meaningful.” (Refer to Annex C or more information on East View Primary School and other featured schools)

 

The framework is also helpful for schools which have returned to use the NAEA framework over the years to assess the progress of their arts education journey. An example is Chung Cheng High School (Main), which has moved from receiving a Bronze award in 2003 to becoming a Blaze award-recipient this year.

 

Its principal, Mr Pang Choon How says, “Implementing the NAEA framework has served the school well in effective planning and deployment of various arts programmes for the past ten years. The robust framework also ensures continuity to the development process of arts education in the school.”

 

Another component of the NAEA, the Arts Development Fund (ADF) sees more than $160,000 given to 13 schools this year. Each school will receive a grant ranging from $5,600 to $20,000 to implement arts-related projects that are customised to the schools’ educational aspirations and address their specific needs. These projects include developing arts infrastructure and supporting arts programmes for students. 

 

The next call for entries for NAEA will be in February 2015. For more information and to apply for the NAEA, visit http://aep.nac.gov.sg/nae_award.aspx.

 

For more information, please refer to the Appendix attached.

 

Annex A – NAEA framework

 

Annex B – List of the 56 recipients and their respective awards

 

Annex C – School profiles for media interviews