Learning to appreciate arts and culture is something that should begin from a young age. Malaysia has a rich cultural heritage that comes from a potpourri of cultures, customs, and traditions. Besides exposure to Malaysian culture, children have much to learn from the classical culture of other countries too.
The country has progressed from an agricultural society to an industrial country with a stable political, economic and social advancement. However, it needs to preserve its identity and encourage the beauty and creativity that the arts bring to society.
Truly prosperous societies don’t only encourage technological advancement but seek to balance it with expressions of ideas, feelings, and beliefs.
Unfortunately, Malaysia has a shortage of teachers trained in the arts and many young students are not keen to teach art, music, design or even physical education.
All children possess some form of talent and creativeness; which can be nurtured and encouraged from a young age. Art, music, and culture, teach creative thought, develop fine motor skills, develop visual-spatial skills and build self-confidence. Students learn to understand to also be accountable for their contributions, whether they are a failure or are successful.
All of the above contribute to problem-solving and critical thinking skills which allow for thinking out-of-the-box.
The education system in Malaysia needs to re-focus on the importance of all aspects that make for well-rounded students that understand the importance of technology but who have other choices available to them if they don’t fit into that category.There are opportunities for talented students to seek careers in advertising, animation, fashion and furniture design, fine arts, graphic design, performing arts, and photography and to make meaningful contributions and innovations toward the economy and turning Malaysia into a cultural hub