CAPE students to do Animation and Game Design

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, addresses a recent JIS Think Tank.
Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator Ruel Reid, addresses a recent JIS Think Tank. (Photo via JIS)

Animation and Game Design will be a new addition to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) offerings this academic year.

The subject will comprise two units – ‘The Fundamentals of Animation and Game Design’, and ‘Interactive Design and Game Development’.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, told JIS News that he is very excited, as “the entire education training system has to be re-aligned to labour market demands, due to these emerging trends in terms of occupations”.

“We have to reorganise our school training programme and curriculum in that regard,” he added.

Therefore, he said, the Ministry will be encouraging schools to adopt these new programmes, noting that some schools have registered for the subject.

The Minister said that many teachers in the system are trained in Information Technology, with the potential to transition into teaching this subject.

Read more at: Jamaica Information Service 

Be smart – CARICOM ASG advises Guyana, Suriname animators

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Be smart in the business of animation.

That’s a bit of sound advice that Assistant Secretary-General, Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, Mr. Joseph Cox offered animators from Guyana and Suriname.

The animators from the Guyana Animation Network and the Suriname Animation Network visited the CARICOM Secretariat on Friday and interacted with Deputy Secretary-General, Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan PhD., Mr. Cox, Deputy Programme Manager, Information and Communication Technologies for Development, Ms. Jennifer Britton, and representatives from the Human Resource Development Directorate.

ASG Cox told the GAN/SAN that if they wanted to move ahead they had to do so with purpose, dedication and training. He said being successful would require a long-term commitment. He encouraged them to create synergies with other CARICOM countries and to try to access funding from International Development Partners. His final piece of advice to the animators was to pay attention to copyright so that their ideas and work did not get stolen.

“This is a large industry where you can make considerable amounts of money … $220 billion dollars and that was just in 2013,” he said, referring to the value of the animation industry in that year.

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Tri-nation animators, experts strengthening Caribbean creative industries

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Suriname was the hub of activities earlier this month to explore avenues for collaboration towards the development of the creative sector in the Caribbean as attention continues to be ramped up in the field of animation in the Region.

The Spang Makandra Creative Week was held there from 7–15 July, 2016, and brought together various stakeholders from Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and the Diaspora.

Recently animation has been receiving more attention from governments, donor organisations, private sector and also regional financial institutions. CARICOM Heads of Government recommended last year that animation should be among sectors for prioritisd attention given its tremendous growth potential as an emerging sector in the regional context and for leveraging digital technology and positively engaging youth.

The Spang Makandra Creative Week began with a workshop on ‘Monetising the Creative Industry’ at the University Guesthouse. Members of the recently-launched Guyana Animation Network (GAN) engaged in discussions with their counterparts of the Suriname Animation Network (SAN), animators from Animae Caribe and the Diaspora, the CARICOM Secretariat and other professionals in animation, ICT and the creative arts on opportunities, trends and anticipated developments in the creative sector of the Caribbean.

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Guyana Animation Network launched

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The Guyana Animation Network (GAN) was officially launched at an Open Day in the Generation Next Conference Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, on 2 July, 2016. GAN is a network established to use it resources to create and provide access to opportunities for persons within Guyana’s artistic, creative and technological communities; to develop the requisite skills, with their talents; and to service the Caribbean Animation Industry.

Founder and President of GAN, Ms. Jubilanté Cutting, reflected on the origin of the initiative for the establishment of an animation network in Guyana. She described her journey from her first participation as a high school student in the Girls in ICT Day organised by the CARICOM Secretariat in April 2014, where she was introduced to animation. She was among the 30 beneficiaries at a four-day CARICOM-USAID Animation Workshop in July 2014, in Guyana, where she learned the basics of animation and was subsequently selected as one of the best participants of the workshop to travel to the Animae Caribe Animation and Digital Media Festival, held in Trinidad and Tobago in October 2014. From the exposure to the exciting world of animation and opportunities for young persons, she committed herself to raise awareness and mobilise young persons, engaged in the arts, animation and ICT and establish the Guyana Animation Network to organise and support the development of the sector. (more…)