Today Sounds of Palestine and Musicians without Borders were invited to perform at the Open Day of the Buraq School in Dar Salah. Five students from the first grade, who are part of our partners’ program Sounds of Palestine performed two songs on the violin and clarinet. We did some fun activities with the 420 children, using body percussion and movement.
Our wonderful deaf workshop leader Halimeh has given another 47 music workshops since January. 60 children attending the Red Crescent ‘al-Itsisal at-Tam’ school for the deaf and the Yasmeen Foundation in Ramallah make music with Halimeh several times a week.
This week our team in Palestine gave music workshops to 48 deaf children, 6-10 years old, preparing them for the Musical Playground Performance. In the performance during the school’s carnival celebrations, 150 deaf children, age 4-16 actively participated. We were impressed by their concentration and accuracy. Being deaf doesn’t prevent them from playing body percussion, rapping, singing, playing flutes and playing rhythms with sticks!
Many thanks to Ephpheta Paul VI Pontifical Institute for the Audio-Phonetic Rehabilitation in Bethlehem for their hospitality. Ephpheta Paul VI Bethlehem
This week, our team in Palestine started working in the Al-Mustaqbal School مدرسة المستقبل الأساسية from the Al-Khader Charitable Child Care Society. In this special school, attended by 150 children, children with special needs are integrated.
During the last weeks we worked in the Palestinian villages Husan and Za’atara: together with 480 girls we sang, rapped, played body percussion and made music with flutes, guitar, darbuka and oud. Because of lack of space and classrooms, the girls from Za’atara finish school every day at 11.30, so a second group of children can go to school in the afternoon. We were grateful to work in these schools, and have lots of respect for the teachers, who have to cover the complete curriculum in such a short time. Thank you for letting us use some of that valuable lesson time to make music! Feedback from teachers of the schools we visit tells us that our activities motivate the children to go to school and to stay positive. #MusicConnects http://mwb.to/donate
During the last weeks we’ve made music with the girls from the governmental school in Beit Sahur, so now it was time to work with the boys’ school!
More about our program in Palestine: http://mwb.to/Palestine