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Nov 26, 2019

Reaching out with new students and equipment.

It has been an incredibly positive time for us at the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film. We have seen our student numbers grow, week in and week out, as news of our creative projects reach out and touch the lives of our community and beyond. Film and music classes have resulted in television and radio work for a number of them. At the same time, the visits of the artist Francis Johnson and his dedicated team have inspired creative painting and drawing projects for our younger students. Mr Mohamad Murrat, Head Teacher of our affiliated orphanage, has been bringing some of his (eighty and more in number ebola orphans) to our premises for both music and art lessons as well as social interaction and stimulation. This exceptional man has done so much for them, and now he has teamed up with our Director Bai Koroma and Founder Gloria Jones to create a solid structure of visionary and administrative input.

Our music students, including the wonderfully talented 'Noble' who, as a rapper and multi-instrumental musician and arrager, is now recording and perorming around Sierra Leone, appearing with well-established stars on radio and giving frequent interviews.

We have also bought a wonderful brand new 'Keh Keh', a mini-taxi. It has been beautifully decorated with professional decals with pictures and song titles of the hits written by our inspirational figurehead, the Superstar Marc Bolan. This Keh Keh will be used to transport our students from the orphanage to the school as well as teachers. It will also feature in a new and exciting film about our students and trainers meeting with communities outside of Makeni to tell them about The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film and inspire them to work with us.

There are other exciting developments, and one of the most significant is our twinning with The Darwen School of Music in Blackburn, UK. Its founder and one of its principal directors is Paul Stuart, a young man dedicated to provide music teaching and performance facilities in Darwen. Paul is coming to visit our school in Makeni in Decemebr and we are building ways of helping to promote the profile and good-standing of our schools, as well as inspiring each other's teaching and learning. Although not a legally binding partnership, we will give each other as much human and creative support as possible so that more students enjoy the wonderful results of the good will of our staffs and projects.

 

We are in this for the long term. We are succeeding, wonderfully. Please help us build our school, please help us achieve our aim by donating giving our young people the chance of fulfilling their dreams and potential in one of the poorest countries of the world.

Sep 4, 2019

From The Marc Bolan School to The World!

It has been a hard-working and joyful year full of progress and learning. As you can see from our pictures and introductory video, our students are working in three main areas : Music, Film and Television.

 

One of several of our music students, Ibrahim Bangura, has now created several outstanding tracks with his band and has taken part in radio interviews with different radio stations in Sierra Leone. He is very dedicated, talented and hard-working. He laso never fails to thank us for giving him the opportunity to get out there into the world, having honed his skills at the Marc Bolan School. We have , on average, 40-45 music students every weekend, all of them loving classes and working hard.

We can joyfully report that another two students are now working in televison studios in Freetown, a great acknowledgemnt of their hard work, applicatioon and talent. 

A recent 'Peace Project' workshop at our school saw the arrival of more than thrty students from aroundthe whole country, learning music, film and also art work. The idea is not only to bridge the gaps bewteen communities but also to bridge the gap between different areas of the arts. We are ambitious for our students. They now have computers, editing machines, qualified instructors and secure environments in which to study. They are making friends across the country.

Another very significant step is the making of further links with  local elbola orphange students in Makeni. Led by the inspitational Mr Mohamed Murrat, the orphange provides all-day lessons for over 80 students a day, five days a week. None of the teachers receive any payment, they are, simply, wonderful,selfless human beings who want to help. Our doors at The Marc Bolan School of Music are open to these young students. We plan to extend our financial and practical support.

Importantly, we visited The Deputy Minister of Education, who stated that our project is musch needed and very 'timely'. When we build our state-of-the-art-school proper, as seen on the phot page here and on our website, the Government will step in with  substantial levels of funding and admin costs. So, please help us reach our aim of $100,000.00 to build our school. Your donation Is and WILL change many people's lives for the better.

 

Jed Dmochowski

Director and Treasurer

Jun 12, 2019

Great Progress at The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film, further help urgently needed.

Our Beautiful School Building to-be! It's needed!
Our Beautiful School Building to-be! It's needed!

The Marc Bolan School of Music and Film in Makeni, Sierra Leone is a school which gives the needy and orphaned youth in one of the poorest countries in the world a chance to learn to compose, play and perform music and script, drirect, film and edit films. Completely free to our students, we have just awarded certificates of course completeion to this year's cohort of music and film pupils. 

Our students have been taught music theory and instrumental play and performance, as well as film editing and production . A group of students recently travelled with our Founder and Director, The Motown singer and songwriter (to Michael Jackson and many others) as well as producer, Ms Gloria Jones, to Guinea to make a ducumentary there. Another group is travelling to Ghana soon to film and to record, arrange and produce an original song for publishing around the world.

We are an ambitious institution who seek to give  our youth (many of whom have been orphaned by Ebola and other very difficult circumstances) the opportunity to build skills and understanding through which they can grow as individuals and effective team-players. Through this work they will be able to contribute to the cultural capital and wellbeing of Sierra Leone as well as to reach out to the world so that their voices and talents can be heard.

We have bought land, built an interim school and created a space where students feel happy and secure. Their appreciation of this environment, of the time and work given so freely by their teachers and support staff and Directors, is clear to see. 

Now we need to build the especially designed school building, with its purpose-built classrooms for group study and individual lessons, its own ampitheatre and state-of-the art- IT recording and editing facilities. During a very recent state TV interview on Breakfast TV in Freetown the response to our work was very, very positive; the producers, studio presenters and viewers responding with great enthusuaism. At a meeting with the Deputy Minister of Education the previous day our work was described as 'timely' and 'wonderful'. These expressions of approval and support at state level have given us further faith in the intrinsic value and purpose of our work. We are creating something badly needed at the heart of this talented but hugely under-resourced community of youth. 

We want to build this school as soon as possible, we want to make a real difference to the quality of life and aspiration of these young people, we want to celebrate and enjoy their achievements and talents. The time is now. Please help us raise the £84,000 needed to build the Marc Bolan School of Music and Film in Makeni, Sierra Leone.

Our latest Cohort of Graduates! With Gloria Jones.
Our latest Cohort of Graduates! With Gloria Jones.

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