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Nurturing youth through the arts

This is the ninth of 12 primers on current affairs issues that are part of the outreach programme for The Straits Times-Ministry of Education National Current Affairs Quiz.

The benefits of the arts in an education system are incalculable with studies showing that, apart from teaching the young specific artistic techniques, the arts instil perseverance, accountability, creativity and collaboration in adolescents.

Education ministries in many developed countries devote large percentages of their annual budgets to arts education programmes, not only to enrich the lives of individuals but also to develop the collective artistic sensibility of an entire nation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2018, with the headline 'Nurturing youth through the arts'. Print Edition | Subscribe