I’II expand NAFTI to help create 70k jobs annually in the arts-Gane
Mr. Kofi Gane, the independent presidential candidate in the upcoming 2020 presidential election has promised to expand the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) to make it the centre of excellence in West Africa.
This forms part of his agenda to transform the creative industry to help create jobs in that sector.
The initiative according to his manifesto will help create between 10,000-20,000 direct jobs and 50,000 jobs annually.
The school he pledged would be transformed to train students in film, music and arts management with each faculty having its own campus.
”We will strategically invest to expand NAFTI to become an Arts Centre of Excellence in West Africa. We estimate it will skill-up and create direct jobs annually for 10-20K people and indirectly for close to 50K annually. It will mean revising its mandate to cover 3 key areas namely: Film, Music, Arts Management, each with its own school/ campus.”
The Arts in Ghana, albeit hitherto orphaned, is a potential low-hanging economy which, with the appropriate strategic investments, presents creative young Ghanaians a chance to use their skills to exploit opportunities in Ghana and the Continent. Our Government intends to develop that Economy. We will strategically invest to expand NAFTI to become an Arts Centre of Excellence in West Africa. We estimate it will skill-up and create direct jobs annually for 10-20K people and indirectly for close to 50K annually. It will mean revising its mandate to cover 3 key areas namely: Film, Music, Arts Management, each with its own school/ campus,” his manifesto read.
On investments, he plans to construct 3 new modern school facilities with state of the art equipment for Hands-on training of world-class practitioner-trainers.
The schools he stated will deliver professional training in Film, TV, Documentary, Acting, Writing, Directing, Camera, Lighting Production, Special Effects, Film Technology, among others.
The film school will also deliver professional training in Voice, Music Composing, Acting, Studio & Production, Digital Technology, etc MUSIC SCHOOL Post Music, Post Film school Professional training in management of Arts Institutions, Artists, Events & Performances, etc.
Ghana will embark on Annual International Film+Music Festivals.
His administration will also promote International & Domestic practitioner-faculty with a FAM Startup Equipment funding if +60% of Arts company are Ghanaian graduates (10 companies-10 years-$10mil). Patriot Scholarship Scheme for top 50 (20:20:10) Students through a Counter-piracy and Arts Protection council”.