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Harmonise: Exploring Peace in Schools

Refugee and asylum seeker children have been through so much to escape conflict or persecution and arrive in the UK, but often that is not the end of their difficult experiences.

Imagine having to leave your home, friends and family behind for fear of your life. You may have witnessed unbearable things in the war-zone that was your home and finally reach safety in another country.

Children and teachers in your school don’t understand what you have been through and hear only bad things about refugees. You feel alone and helpless and want to tell them what they hear is not true, but how?

Award-winning organisation, Music Action International have developed Harmonise: a schools programme inspiring empathy between refugees and people from all backgrounds.

An outstanding project which led to an increase in children’s happiness. Dr Martyn Hudson, Newcastle University

Through Harmonise, refugee and local children have fun, make friends, gain confidence and create music in different languages together. They learn about who refugees really are from inspirational professional musicians who are themselves refugees.

Local children, teachers and parents enjoy hearing music from different cultures through interactive performances. Refugee children feel understood and proud of sharing language and music they love.

More children should be part of this, so they can learn things and see everything that is different. Jo, Age 9, Harmonise

 Music Action International are launching a national online resource for teachers to use in their classes, supporting schools and parents to learn about refugees, from refugees, in engaging ways through music.

Read about the impact of Harmonise on our children, schools, parents and communities in the Harmonisereport by Dr Martyn Hudson

If your school is interested in Harmonise, contact nick@musicaction.org

Harmonise is funded by Youth Music, Children in Need, Salford EMTAS, Salford CVS and Martyn Donaldson Music Trust.

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