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Jun 7, 2019

Making music in Alexandra Township

30-hour workshop
30-hour workshop

Dear Friend of Education Africa,

Hello and thank you for supporting our campaign. We are very grateful and will continue to work hard on our Alexandra marimba hub with your help.

Our Education Africa 30-hour Marimba training course has been completed with two teachers from Boys & Girls Club Alexandra, where our Education Africa Marimba Hub is situated, participating. We have a 5-hour training and orientation class planned for the second week of June for all staff at Boys & Girls Club in Alexandra.

Instruments have been delivered and our classes are slowly starting to begin. We have had some challenges with storing the instruments however, we are looking for solutions with Boys & Girls Club.

Marimba playing offers emotional, physical and mental satisfaction for boys and girls and allows them to see their creative potential and increase their self-esteem. By keeping them occupied after school our Education Africa Marimba Hub program keeps the children off the streets and away from negative influences such as drug abuse, underage drinking and crime. With your help our Marimba Hub can positively impact up to 200 primary and high school children in the Alexandra community.

Thank you again for your support,

James Urdang

30 hour workshop
30 hour workshop
Mar 11, 2019

Marimba training, 150 kids, Alexandra Township

Our Education Africa Marimba Hubs restarted at the end of January after our summer holidays, we now have 12 Hubs running.

Our GlobalGiving fundraiser was well supported and we can confirm that we have ordered  our set marimbas and other related items from the factory for our new Marimba Hub in Alexandra Township and they will be ready by the end of March 2019.

The workshops will be taking place from Monday the 25th March to Friday the 29th March at Jeppe High School for Boys, in Johannesburg. 

 We are expecting 35 teachers at this workshop from our various Hubs and mot imporattly our new teacher from our Alexandra Hub.Our Alexandra Marimba Hub will start functioning from the 2nd April 2019 when the schools go back after the holidays.

it will then take us several months to get the children playing at a level where we are aiming for some of the children to partiucipate in our annual Education Africa International Marimba and Steelpan Festival. 

We are also please to anounce that Education Africa in the Gauteng Premier Excellence Awards received a sliver Award for Arts of Culture. 

Our next report will contain photographs of our new Alexandra Marimba Hub in action.

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