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 in the capital of Kigali and the community of Masaka targets at-risk youth risk inside 3 elementary and high schools. Traditional drumming, dance and modern music, as well as sports are offered to students. Cultural activities for youth from the communities where the Ubuntu Music Program operates are not otherwise accessible.
“Ubuntu” itself means “humanity towards others,” and the Ubuntu philosophy can be summed up as “I am because we are” and is based on the idea that there is a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. This program reaches 150 youth per week.
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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 3 schools: 2 in Kigali and one in Masaka (Star School).
"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."