The students and teachers at PFCF's École de Musique de Kirina in Mali would like to invite everyone to their PFC Day party in the village of Kirina. Can't make it to Mali? Search for events happening near you or online at pfcday.org/events. #PFCDay #iplayforchange
John has been with us since the first Playing For Change Foundation in Gugs, and now the recently-launched program at Imvula. His experience and skills as both a musician and educator are a true blessing for the music school. #TeacherTuesday
Matt Wasowski, fellow bandmate of school founder, Mohammed Alidu, visted Bizung to meet the students and offer lessons on guitars that had been donated to the school.
Today, students are offered classes in traditional West African music, as well as "western" instruments like guitar and bass. Advanced students are even writing and recording original songs, creating a unique sound that combines their collective influences.
Playing For Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The Playing For Change Foundation (PFCF) was established in 2007 and is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our mission is to create positive change through music and arts education. We support music schools and programs that are created and operated by the local community and then purposefully connect those communities around the world.
To date, 12 music schools and programs have been created in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, Mali, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Thailand and the United States. More than 1,000 young people attend free classes in dance, instruments, languages and musical theory, all taught by qualified local teachers.
When children play music together, collaboration increases and conflict is reduced. And critically important to children, particularly those who are vulnerable due to poverty, conflict, drugs, and neglect, is that learning music increases self-esteem and fosters resilience and joy.
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