Sistema in Norwich changes lives through music. Funds raised will pay for a summer school offering musical activity to 50 children over the long summer holiday. Children from the less well-off parts of Norwich have nearly half the level of academic success of children from the rest of the city. Through learning to play an instrument and being part of an orchestra, children in Sistema develop life changing skills, increased confidence and are helped to succeed across all aspects of their lives.
It is well known that growing up in an economically deprived area can reduce the life-chances of children, whether personally or in terms of education or career. This is a particular problem in Norwich, where a third of the child population is effected by income deprivation, there is a very significant achievement gap between those children and those who do not face economic deprivation, and young people are identified as having low self-esteem, a lack of self-confidence and low aspiration.
Our vision is to provide the opportunity for children and young people to realise their potential and improve their wellbeing, through learning to play a musical instrument and being part of an orchestra. The Summer School will offer ten days of activity over the summer holidays for 50 children, enabling them to continue to develop their skills and keeping them engaged in safe and positive activity during the long summer holiday, reducing the break from Sistema and keeping them occupied.
Children and young people deserve the same opportunities to succeed, whatever their background. Sistema improves learning and enjoyment, concentration, behaviour and well-being. Children develop as leaders and gain motivation. We expect to see young people staying in education longer, achieving better results, becoming more confident, aspiring to better jobs and becoming more valuable employees, being more healthy, making better decisions and yes, creating some amazing musicians along the way.