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Our New Programme at the Syria Summer School

More than 60 young refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan came along to the new Syria Summer School in London. All had fled war in their homeland, endured incredibly difficult journeys and lost years of their childhood. All now face an unsettled future in UK.

Our team joined staff and volunteers, who were dedicating four weeks to supporting the adjustment, well-being and education of the young refugees. We tasked four music facilitators (three from a Syrian background), with supporting their efforts.

Merit Stephanos, our London-based trainer and facilitator, and Manchester based ‘Adz’, a supreme beatboxer from Damascus, teamed up with two amazing traditional players from the London Syrian Ensemble – Louai Alhenawi and Rihab Azar.

Musicians from the London Syrian Ensemble

 

The team facilitated a shared celebration of the rhythms, traditions and melodies of the young refugees’ homelands and created new work inspired by their own tastes, hopes, and aspirations for the future.

I still keep grinning with joy when I listen back to the kids’ musical explosion.  I can’t believe you got them so united in strength and channelling their energy so positively!

In a short time the groups were working together with energy, focus and unity; applying and demonstrating the skills and talents that can contribute so much to UK society in years to come.

This incredible new partnership with the Syria Summer School represents a great step forward in our efforts to support more young refugees to overcome trauma, build happiness, resilience, and believe in a brighter future, through music.

We have been invited back to work with the London Syrian Summer School next year at Newman Catholic College as well as supporting the young refugees throughout the year.

To hear more about our work in schools, have a look at Harmonise

 

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