Thanks so much to everyone who contributed to our Harmonise Crowdfunder enabling vital peace work in schools around the country exploring the causes and effects of violence.
The huge generosity of people like you has raised over £10,000 for Harmonise. We have already expanded our work in schools in areas of high tensions in Greater Manchester and Greater London as well as a new Syrian Summer School and more plans in development.
We have already had requests from teachers who want us to deliver Harmonise because of growing tensions between pupils and parents of different backgrounds. Music and celebration is an incredibly effective way of dispersing tensions, creating positive experiences together and a sense of shared community.
I was hoping the children would be informed about refugees but in fact they found out so much more.
We deliver Harmonise in schools where there are refugee and asylum seeker children from families who have fled war and armed conflict. The trauma from this can have devastating effects.
Our specialist team of facilitators from around the world work with children in primary and secondary schools delivering fully inclusive music sessions that the kids really enjoy.
We work together with children from all backgrounds to learn songs and music from different countries and create a safe space for kids and teachers to talk about difficult issues with positive role models who have themselves lived through war or armed conflict.
Through Harmonise, refugee and local children make friends, have fun, learn new skills and share new languages together. They learn about who refugees really are from our inspiring professional musicians who are themselves refugees.
The kids then write songs together and perform what they have written to parents, teachers, other classes and in prestigious venues such as the Southbank Centre.
I learned that when people were experiencing war it was really scary for them and when they tell us their story, it is really moving. It’s a different experience for those who haven’t experienced war. Shian, Harmonise participant
We can now make music with thousands of refugee and local children. This would not have been possible without your generous help.