Affirmative Action for Children Today, or AACT in its acronym, promotes bold moves to support children in the clearly disadvantaged Palestinian minority in Israel: 60% of such children live in poverty.
With your amazing support, Beit Almusica is playing its own part by selecting 60 children from Shefa Amer and Ibillin who are benefiting from music education at Beit Almusica’s conservatory. To this end we approached eight schools where auditions involving 96 children were held. The criteria in selecting the 60 children were the students’ socioeconomic situation, as assessed by the schools, and their musical talent, as judged by Beit Almusica’s professional staff.
The AACT musical education program was launched at a special ceremony on December 7, 2009 at Beit Almusica, with more than 130 in attendance. The event was presided over by Said Silbak, one of the first students to begin his musical career with Beit Almusica. Today, as well as being a student at Haifa University and on the board of directors at Beit Almusica, he is a volunteer teacher of the program. We believe he is an inspiring role model for the students, able to lead by personal example and share his deep commitment to music.
Currently, 50 students regularly attend music lessons at the conservatory, learning various Eastern and Western instruments such as the oud, violin, viola, cello, flute saxophone, among others. Participation of students is high with 90% attendance. We have invested much effort in encouraging and urging the children to persevere with their music education.
The positive influence of the project can be felt already. During one of the musical events attended by beneficiaries of the project, we received the following observation:
“I enjoyed meeting one of the most important members of the audience, 11 year old Ba’ha, who is learning to play the drums at Beit el Musica. I didn’t get a chance to talk to him afterwards but he was very attentive during the whole performance. I couldn’t help but think that if I had heard Bach and Beethoven at 11 years maybe my life, or at least my taste in music, might have been much different. It is so important to create opportunities for these kids.”
In order to ensure the good work initiated by AACT continues, we have launched a Scholarship Fund for the benefit of children who are committed to continuing their music education. The fund is designed to ensure that these children and others in the future can benefit. A small donation will make a big difference.
Regardless of whether you choose to take this next step now, it’s an honour to share this journey of hope for a better world with you. Whether it is time, money or good will that you share, I and the Beit Almusica team are determined to be great partners with you and responsible and effective stewards of your hope, time and resources.
The AACT (Affirmative Action for Children Today) reached an important milestone: 60 talented Palestinian children aged 8 – 10 year have been selected. They began their music education at the Beit Almusica Conservatory in December 2009.
The positive contribution of the project can be felt already after the first month of music classes. Rawi, from 3rd Grade, whose father is unemployed, started Qanun lessons in mid December 2009. Rawi is a very shy child and could face hard times at school. One day, when his mother picked him up from the Conservatory, she mentioned: “Since he started his music education at Beit Almusica, he became more self-confident and proud of himself. Especially after he saw children in his age playing at concerts he had an aim: to study music.”
Julia’s father is also unemployed. Julia (4th Grade) is now learning flute with Sahar Kardosh, teacher and flute player. Both, Julia’s mother and flute teacher could feel an important change in Julia’s behaviour: “Our whole home is undergoing a positive change in concert with Julia’s positive development,” said her mother.
Palestinian children in Israel are more vulnerable than ever before: 73% are at poverty risk (according to the Central Bureau of Statistics) and they need your help. With your support, we can contribute towards promoting a positive personal, social and cultural development of 60 children. This will open new perspectives for their future and will translate into a long-term improvement in their lives and their communities!
Our campaign goal is to raise $20,000. Be part of our quest.
We have great news: Two donors will support this project, which has now a name: AACT (Affirmative Action for Children Today). Thanks to all contributions, we will be able to provide music education to 60 Palestinian children aged 8-10 years, facing social and economic disadvantage in Israel.
In order to ensure continuity of the programme we launched a Ã¢â‚¬ËœScholarships FundÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ for the benefit of those children that are keen and committed to continue their music education even after the termination of the project.
Please support a long-term improvement in the lives of 60 Palestinian children, their families and their communities in Israel today! Any contribution will be saved in the Scholarships Fund. Our campaign goal is $20,000 in one year!
The project will be carried out in local schools in Shefa-'Amr and lbillin. Teachers from Beit Al-Musica will conduct auditions in schools to identify children who show signs of musical promise. Five certified music teachers will provide each child with weekly private lessons (30 in all) in a Western or traditional Oriental musical instrument - violin, cello, oud, clarinet, viola, qanoun, and/or Arabic percussion. In addition to the lessons, the children will participate in public performances and enrichment activities. The project is expected to offer meaningful after-school activity for the children, to enhance their self esteem and foster positive integration into society.
Thanks to your support we reached the challenge!
Through your generous and crucial donation we have been invited to stay on the Global Giving UK site. More important than that: We will be able to support Palestinian children in Israel, facing social & economic disadvantage, to reach a positive change through music.
Your contribution matters! With the raised amount of £1,175 we will be able to provide music education at the highest standards to 6 children for 4 months. In addition, we will purchase 3 music instruments for their benefit.
Still we need your help to ensure that these children will be able to continue the one-year program and that more children can benefit from the project. Please forward the link to your friends!
We would be glad to provide you further information at your convenience.
Amer, Rudaina, Rasha, Heidi
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