We are a group of diverse and enthusiastic music educators from Al-Kamandjati in Ramallah teaching music appreciation classes in Palestinian refugee camps.  The project we are working on, “Music bridges West Bank, Italy and France” has been implemented by the Terre Des Hommes Italy Foundation with the support of the European Union and aims to provide music awareness and educational access to thousands of children from the Jalazone, Qalandia and Ammari camps.  We are currently teaching a total of forty one-hour long music classes per week at both the boys and girls UNRWA schools for grades 1 through 3.

The children from Amari refugee camp came up with the name  “Orchestra Al-Balaleen” (balaleen is Arabic for balloons) after taking part in a musical activity that involved shaking balloons filled with rice and other objects.

Because this blog is going to deal mostly with our experiences teaching and working with the children, and to share photos and videos from the classroom as the music bridges project progresses, we thought it would be fitting to give it a name that stemmed from the imagination of the students!

-Donia Jarrar
Blog creator and manager


The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of  Al Kamandjati teachers and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.


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  1. luna campanini October 23, 2012 at 2:34 pm #


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