Dovetailing with the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Invest in Africa Now! together with Toine Thys– a central figure for saxophone and bass clarinet in Europe with a great experience in education in an African context – would like to raise awareness of the need to protect and promote children rights by leveraging funding for Ghetto Classics project.
This initiative is the flagship programme of the Art of Music Foundation. It is a community programme that involves over 300 children in Korogocho – one of Kenya’s biggest slums that is home to about 300,000 urban poor- and over 600 more children in 10 satellite areas around Nairobi, 1 in Kiambu and 4 in Mombasa.
Music education provides the youth with opportunities to better themselves and their community, by instilling in them the life skills that come with the discipline of studying art music. The programme also provides them with income generating opportunities. Some graduates are now tutors at Ghetto Classics. They were able to gain sponsorship from the Kenya Conservatoire and Art of Music Foundation to do the ABRSM exams, while teaching at St. John’s school during the week and on weekends. With the help of Ghetto Classic, tutors have managed to access and own their own personal instruments. They have gone on to create their own band and perform at events in the community.
The funds raised on this platform will be fully allocated to the Ghetto Classics project with the objective of putting in place a programme aiming at sending European teachers specialized in a specific instrument to Kenya. Those children will have then the opportunity to learn from high-level European musicians and teachers such as Toine Thys. We hope you will celebrate with us the 30th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child by contributing to this beautiful initiative to the extent of your possibilities and by sharing with your network this information.