In 2015 we piloted the delivery of our Distance Learning Programme in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. The course has been running in Romania for 5 years now and we were keen to see whether it could be replicated elsewhere. We have been working with 3 local community music leaders to introduce them to ways in which they could make music accessible to young children with disabilities in the refugee camps where they work, a group they felt unable to work with effectively.
Here's some of the feedback we have received so far:
“[The music sessions]… gave Anas the chance to shine, to share his ideas, to play. Instead of all the time being silenced, as happens often in his daily life, he could speak up during the sessions, both verbally and non-verbally trough the music.”
“I hope and believe the sessions gave Fadi a safe space to show us who he really is; to share with us his thoughts, his world, all through the music. He got the chance to be a 'good smart boy', instead of being the isolated kid that never participates. I hope that he will remember this and show himself more often, since he has so much to add to life!”
“I was surprised by all the things Ala’ had to tell us through the music, the big range of different sounds he used, and how much it seemed he was really thinking, deciding and choosing which sound to make next. Although I did not see very big changes over time inside of the sessions, his kindergarten teacher told me he was much more social and happy than before.”