Project

The project aims to provide music education to an estimated number of 6400 children living in the Palestinian refugee camps of Qalandia, al-Am’ari and Jalazone.  The project develops from the belief that learning music cultivates many skills that will continue to be useful to children throughout their life.
Music education will be provided by Al-Kamandjati teachers. Since 2002, Al Kamandjati has been providing music appreciation courses and music lessons to children in cities, villages, and refugee camps throughout West Bank.
Teachers will offer both music appreciation classes to 2,400 elementary school children in grades 1 through 3 throughout eight different UNRWA schools across the West Bank, as well as individual and group music classes at Al-Amari, Jalazone and Qalandia child clubs.
In addition to this, private music lessons and theory classes  at the child clubs will provide certain talented children the opportunity to discover their hidden talents in a range of different instruments such as flute, guitar, violin, viola, piano, percussion, recorder, cello and oud.  There are currently 300 children enrolled in these classes.  The children are also given the chance to perform in formal settings for their peers and communities in recitals and festivals throughout the academic year.
In order to promote access to music to a wider group of students after the completion of the project and to guarantee the sustainability of the project, AK will train 40 UNRWA teachers on music appreciation, in order for them to get familiar with the basics of oriental and western music and to become able to teach basic music appreciation to students at UNRWA primary schools. To this regard, they will also receive a pedagogical kit at the end of the project, designed by AK together with European experts, enabling them to continue teaching music appreciation after the end of the project. Moreover, 120 UNRWA  teachers will benefit from specialized workshops, implemented by European experts, on possible pedagogical applications of music, aimed at understanding the potential of music as a support in the teaching of other subjects of the school curriculum.
Throughout the course of the project, Al Kamandjati teachers will participate in workshops given by international visiting pedagogical experts on music so that they may expand their own teaching curriculum and work to create a music education tool kit to be distributed at all eight UNRWA schools throughout the West Bank.

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