DIMAPUR, Oct 20 - Twenty young Naga students have cleared the music theory examination conducted by the London College of Music with flying colours.
Seven of them scored 90 per cent and above marks, five secured 70 per cent, while eight passed with 60 per cent and above marks, sources said today.
The students achieved the feat after the Secheku Children Music Ministry founded by Khrowutso Letro, a young talented and accomplished musician, took music lessons to 13 villages. Letro used to travel to the villages on a motorbike to give music lessons to the children to promote music, instil confidence, Christian values and leadership skills among the children of rural villages. The 13 villages fall under the Sucheku area under the Chizami subdivision of Phek district.
The children, after receiving two classes per month since March 2015, appeared for the Music Theory Examination conducted by the London College of Music.
Overjoyed with the performance of the students, the Secheku Children Music Ministry organised a felicitation programme for the successful students on Thursday.
The Nagaland School Education department launched the music curriculum under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) on the felicitation programme of the students at Mesulumi village Baptist church in Phek district. The music curriculum is being introduced as a co-curricular activity in government schools.
Additional Chief Secretary and finance commissioner Temjen Toy felicitated the students with certificates from the London College of Music along with violins for the top three and token cash incentives for the remaining 17 students. He also congratulated Letro for his work through Secheku Children Music Ministry.
Principal secretary for School Education Menukhol John launched the music curriculum under RMSA. He said Government Higher Secondary School, Pfutsero in Phek district will be the first school to introduce the music curriculum.
John said the music curriculum was approved by the Centre on a pilot basis for Nagaland to add colours to the school curriculum so as to attract and retain possible dropouts in schools. The programme was chaired by mission director, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Kevileno Angami.