The Playing For Change Foundation has been working in Rwanda since 2011 using traditional and modern music, as well as sports as tools for positive change and education. The Ubuntu Music program currently provides music education in 2 different schools located in Masaka and Kigali. Four qualified music teachers provide music and dance lesson to 150 children between 8 and 20 years old.
In 2013 established a long-term partnership with Star School, a primary and secondary school with 700 children located in Masaka, just outside the capital of Kigali. The campus includes dormitories, a library, computer room, farm, greenhouse, sports fields and science laboratory. The music and sports program provides music instruction in traditional dance, drumming as well as keyboards and guitar taught by two dynamic instructors. Star School is the first PFCF music program to include sports as a part of its curriculum with a thriving soccer program reaching an even greater number of youth.
Since January 2019 we've expanded to a new school located in capital city Kigali. Vocals, traditional dance, guitar and keyboard are among the disciplines taught by our team of professional musicians. The students ...
>We decided to give the name of "Ubuntu Music Program" to our program in Rwanda. Ubuntu is a bantu word that means "humanity towards others", a popular in South Africa and other African countries. The Ubuntu Philosophy is a humanist concept that could be summed up as "I am because we are" and based on the idea that there is a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
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Rwanda is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa with 12,5 million inhabitants. The economy has been growing over the last decades and access to education and healthcare have soared. Kinyarwanda is the language spoken by almost the entire population of the country and the official language alongside with English, French and Swahili.
The Ubuntu Music Program provides music and dance classes to over 150 children distributed across 2 schools: one in Kigali and the other one in Masaka, a few kilometers outside of the capital.
"A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed."