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November 2014 – In changing rhythm – African Percussion for Roma and non-Roma children from disadvantaged communities in Ferentari

Project Name: In changing rhythm – African Percussion for Roma and non-Roma children from disadvantaged communities in Ferentari
Financer: Ministry of Culture through the EEA Grants

Partners:
  • Policy Center for Roma and Minorities
  • Ikhaya Drum
Implementation time frame: November 2014 – March 2016
Budget: 369200 RON
Objectives:
  • To promote social inclusion and to change negative attitudes against Roma by using methods of
    non-formal education ( music lessons ) organized under the Alternative Education Club addressing
    the needs of children of Roma and non-Roma in disadvantaged communities from Ferentari;
  • To stimulate participation in school for a total of 30 Roma and non-Roma children and development of their musical skills;
  • To promote cultural diversity and inter-cultural dialogue through music collaboration through
    10 community parents; to combat negative attitudes against Roma.
Main activities:
  • Support for a total of 80 African percussion classes with 30 children and 10 parents in the Alternative Education Club;
  • CD recording of an album with the Ikhaya’s band African music and the most promising
    children from the percussion course;
  • Organizing a public concert with the African music band Ikhaya and children from the percussion course;
  • Organizing a flash mob.
Main expected results:
  • A better understanding and promoting multiculturalism among children and parents from
    Ferentari and improved artistic skills for 30 children;
  • A positive development of social and educational situation of children and parents involved in the project;
  • Reducing the negative attitudes against Roma and other minorities;
  • Improving the school situation of children involved, improving attitudes such as self-confidence
    and learning values ​​such as teamwork, communication, cooperation and discipline;
  • Improvement of musical and life skills for 30 children through 80 sessions of musical education
    (with African drums) and facilitation of intercultural dialogue;
  • Improving school attendance and behavior in schools for 15 children,
    involving another 10 in other phases of the project;
  • Public musical performances by organizing a concert, a flash mob,
    and recording 1000 CDs with music interpreted by children and their teachers;
  • 2 partnerships developed through the project, a documentary film of the project, 100 project presentation brochures.

percussion class
project financed through an international grant