The project in summary

Music education and training activities for migrant and refugee minors located inside the Skaramagkas (Athens) and Korinthos Refugee Sites, and/or living in the neighborhoods of Kipseli and Apostoli (Athens).

The project in detail

To create occasions of integration and inclusion in refugee camps (Skaramagkas and Korinthos) and in the multi-ethnic neighborhoods of Athens (Kipseli and Apostoli) through the practice of collective ensemble music. More specifically, this project aims to:

  • Heal the sufferings of the children who have been forced to flee from their homes and their countries giving them access to art and beauty;
  • Help migrant and refugee children to become valuable resources for their host communities and make them act as positive members of an open, multicultural and welcoming society;
  • Empower and give them the chance to acquire new artistic and educational tools and Life Skills, develop their talents and strive for a better future.
  • 123 minors (5-17 ages), of which 29 minors located inside the Skaramagkas and Korinthos Refugee Sites;
  • 28 minors (8-16 ages), have benefited from individual lessons, of which 2 located inside the Skaramagkas and Korinthos Refugee Sites;
  • 13 students (13-27 ages) have participated to the Young Leaders Programme.

Between January and July 2021, El Sistema Greece (ESG), with the support of Alta Mane, continued to develop various educational and musical activities in a dual mode, in presence and at distance, in compliance with the restrictions and sanitary measures adopted by the Greek government to contain and avoid the spread of COVID-19 in the country. During the first semester, ESG offered 46 hours of online music lessons per week (string and wind instruments, music theory) reaching a total of 123 minors on the move (5-17 ages), of which 29 minors located inside the Skaramagkas and Korinthos Refugee Sites. In parallel, has offered 115,5 hours of individual lessons, in presence and at distance, of musical training (string and wind instruments, percussions), reaching 28 minors (8-16 ages), of which two minors located inside the Korinthos Refugee Site. At the same time, has consolidated the Young Leaders Programme (YLP), intended to allow more advanced music students to be trained in leadership and eventually become assistant teachers in the music tuition classes for beginners, reaching 13 students (13-27 ages) with different music backgrounds and nationalities (Greece, Syria, Afghanistan, RDC and Poland).  Finally, in June and July 2021, thanks to a more relaxed sanitary situation, has organized the Lullaby Project (June 14th, 2021) at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (Athens) and the “World A Music Concert” (July 5th,  2021), in the context of the Athens Epidaurus Festival 2021, during which 44 ESGYO students (11-27 ages) and 16 ESGYC students (9-24 ages) performed in a live concert.