THE Penang government is emphasising the importance of art education to cultivate problem-solving skills among the youths.
State Youth and Sports Committee chairman Soon Lip Chee said youth is an important asset and is also the future to the country.
He said there is a need to discuss and plan more educational programmes for teenagers.
“Today, we are gathering here to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Art & Mathematics).
“Teenagers can learn to cherish knowledge through art education, which can make them more brilliant.
“We cannot just rely on STEM (Science, Technology, Education & Mathematics) alone.
“We must strive to encourage teenagers to achieve a healthy development of self body.
“We hope to cultivate more leaders for the country and to achieve more development for the country,” he said in his speech after opening the first ‘STEAM Education and Youth Training Programme in Malaysia’ at Chung Ling Private High School in Air Itam on Nov 8.
Soon pointed out the ‘Youth For Future’ initiative under his portfolio was a long-term plan to help youngsters to create a better future development.
“State will cooperate with various sectors, including Chung Ling Private High School to create platforms for youths,” he added.
Soon, meanwhile, said he would also promote the students’ art abroad during his overseas trips.
“We want to show encouragement for the students’ effort,” he added.
Also present were the school’s Private Board deputy treasurer Teoh Peng Seng and school principal Ng Jooi Seah.
Story by Edmund Lee
Pix by Darwina Mohd Daud