First festival on integrating music into curriculum

23 June 2011

23 June 2011
West Bank

The first festival on integrating music integration in the first grade curriculum was organised yesterday in Askar Basic School for Girls, in the north of the West Bank.

This project was carried out in close partnership with Sabreen, currently working on spreading music awareness and knowledge among UNRWA schools. It has trained teachers and supervisors in music, to introduce children to music, play, sing and improvise various pieces. Musical concepts and understanding were transmitted to the first graders during the school year 2011/2011.

The festival was attended by more than 85 schoolgirls from schools in the northern West Bank. UNRWA’s area education officer said: “Music has a great effect on developing social skills and an ear for music. Children participating today represent the real future.”

This is the first-ever festival of the sort, which helps children acquire new psychological, mental and social skills, and let off some of the pressure of daily life, and express themselves freely. The project encourages kids to be more self-aware and enriches their imagination. During the year, children were introduced to the various forms of music from various countries, which each have different repercussions and rhythms.

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Ilona Kassissieh
Public Information Officer
Orange: 054 216 8717
Office: 02 589 0408

Background Information

UNRWA is a United Nations agency established by the General Assembly in 1949 and is mandated to provide assistance and protection to a population of some 5 million registered Palestine refugees. Its mission is to help Palestine refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank and the Gaza Strip to achieve their full potential in human development, pending a just solution to their plight. UNRWA’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, and microfinance.

Financial support to UNRWA has not kept pace with an increased demand for services caused by growing numbers of registered refugees, expanding need, and deepening poverty. As a result, the Agency's General Fund (GF), supporting UNRWA’s core activities and 97 per cent reliant on voluntary contributions, has begun each year with a large projected deficit. Currently the deficit stands at more than US$ 106  million.

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