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More often than not, when you read about music education, you hear about all the benefits learning music can have on a child: more self-esteem, better collaboration with peers, and increased learning in primary school, to name a few. The benefits of these programs extend beyond the students participating in them, however; the seed of change that is planted in the school grows to include the teachers, their families, and the communities they live in.
Seidou Kone teaches percussion at the PFCF music school in Mali. He carries his drum on his back and rides his bicycle 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from his home in Nafadji, where he lives with his family, to the village of Kirina to give drum lessons.
Seidou is a talented musician and a joyful teacher—someone his students can look up to and learn from—and as much passion and effort as he puts into teaching, the school gives something back to him, too. He teaches students about rhythm and music, and gains pride from keeping their cultural traditions alive. He puts his time and energy into the school, and is able to help support his family.
“Being a teacher at the school has significantly changed my life,” he says. “I have better harvests now because I can buy fertilizers and tools, so it has also helped [my family’s] nourishment issues.”
When you support PFCF music education programs, not only are you creating a learning opportunity for the students, you are providing the opportunity for teachers like Seidou and their families to live happier, healthier, more fulfilling lives.
“I am very much respected in the village. Now I can afford to satisfy my needs, thanks to the work I’m doing.”
Thank you for making it possible for Seidou, and all of the PFCF music teachers, to continue sharing their wisdom and knowledge with the students. They are living examples for many of these kids, showing them that with education and hard work, the future can be bright.
Seidou Kone, his wife, and seven children
Seidou Kone and Students in Percussion Class