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 confronted with an increased demand for services resulting from a growth in the number of registered Palestine refugees, the extent of their vulnerability and their deepening poverty. UNRWA is funded almost entirely by voluntary contributions and financial support has been outpaced by the growth in needs. As a result, the UNRWA Programme Budget, which supports the delivery of core essential services, operates with a large shortfall. UNRWA encourages all Member States to work collectively to exert all possible efforts to fully fund the Agency’s Programme Budget. UNRWA emergency programmes and key projects, also operating with large shortfalls, are funded through separate funding portals.

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

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