The Harold Simmons Folk Academy will be launched on Monday, October 22nd at 10 am at the Folk Research Centre (FRC).
The Harold Simmons Folk Academy (HSFA) will be located mainly within the Mount Pleasant Building of the Folk Research Centre (FRC). It is envisaged that many of the programmes will be taken out to communities.
The Harold Simmons Folk Academy (HSFA) will integrate the existing cultural education initiatives of the FRC into a framework for public education, and contribute to the training in cultural studies needed for the development of a cultural industry.
The idea is based on the concept of an open school in which courses will be taught using a variety of methods and approaches – traditional and non-traditional – and by actual experience. HSFA is predicated on the cognizance that knowledge acquisition, creation, assimilation, dissemination and use are elemental to human, cultural and social development in a world dominated by globalization and a revolution in information, communication and technology.
The mission of HSFA is to facilitate research, research education, folk and popular education and related activities and programmes on its own accord and on the accord of and in conjunction with like organizations; through research, leadership, academic excellence, pedagogic innovation, collaboration and partnership it seeks to unlock the potential of St Lucians to consolidate a Saint Lucian Identity.
HSFA, in collaboration with its parent organization, the Folk Research Centre, will engage Saint Lucians in exploring and retaining a Saint Lucian identity through constant self reflection, debate and engagement in folklore, life and social customs of Saint Lucia. It will help develop the intellectual, human, social and cultural capital of St Lucia for economic and cultural growth in flexible, relaxed and enabling environments, shepherded by dynamic, highly qualified and motivated professionals.