Edmon Baseel, one of our workshop leaders in Palestine Community Music, traveled to The Netherlands to participate in the Musicians without Borders Training of Trainers. He is part of our local Musical Playground team, giving workshops to thousands of Palestinian school children, as well as the choir teacher of our partners Sounds of Palestine. Thanks to the ToT he followed, he is now also well equipped to give weekly music lessons in kindergartens in refugee camps and isolated villages through Sounds of Palestine’s program. Here is his personal report from the training:
I went to the Netherlands to participate in a training workshop stretched over six days. It was, basically, a course of Training of Trainers (ToT). ToT is a nonviolence leadership training to lead workshops using music-based activities. This particular workshop was very useful to my own work and it will be helpful in order to improve my performance within my career as a music teacher. I am now able to apply many of the various leadership skills that I acquired from the training and utilize them in my own field of work.
After the workshop was finished I felt like I understood the line of work that I did back in Palestine more fully, and I was also introduced to many new ideas not just from the trainers but also from all the amazing participants that brought their own stories and experiences with them from their different cultures.
Now I am better equipped with experiences and references that will prove very helpful and empowering to my career. Other than planning to use my new-found experiences to better myself both intellectually and professionally, It is my responsibility to pass on my knowledge and all that I have learned to other music teachers to benefit my community.
It was refreshing to experience a different way of life, and what a difference it was! Aesthetically it was striking because I have never seen buildings as beautiful as the ones I saw in Holland. Not only that, but they hold a lot of history in them. Also everything felt very organized including transportation and facilities.
Thank you to STEP Beyond, Musicians without Borders, Heath Ellis and all the private donors who made this possible!