Treat violence with the magic of music, poetry
A society that is musical and poetic is not likely to be a violent one and this is what Trinidad and Tobago’s citizens should be aiming for.
We have a lot going for us. We have a fair amount of natural resources and we are a talented, hardworking and fun-loving people.
One of world’s most infectious musical instruments, the pan, was invented by us. It should be used as the main instrument for teaching music in our primary schools.
Poetry should have a special place on the school curriculum. Periods devoted to poetry should include the writing of calypsoes and other songs
Outstanding young musicians, lyricists, composers of melodies and vocalists should be given scholarships in their respective fields.
At least 50 per cent of time allotted to music on radio programmes should be reserved for local music. This would increase royalties paid to artistes and it would encourage more young people to make music a career.
With proper planning, sacrifice and commitment we can build a peaceful society.