Press Release – 12 April 2017

Press Release

East African Global Music Campus (EAGMC)

The East African Global Music Campus begins in Kampala, Uganda with a two day kick-off meeting where the 11 partners in the consortium will meet to plan the two year project on the 26th and 27th of April 2017. The meeting will run directly into a 9 day Organizational Development Workshop from the 28th of April finishing on the 6th of May. The workshop will be attended by directors and administrators from Music Schools and Training Centres in Ethiopia, Germany, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

The workshop will provide skills training in how to run a sustainable social enterprise offering courses in music school administration and management, IT skills training, content management training, accreditation, cultural management and project development. At the same time the proximity to the East African Performing Arts Market will allow the participants to network with stakeholders in the region and present their organizations.

The workshop is the first phase of the project. In September 2017 the second phase begins with the 23 day East African Global Music Campus which will be staged in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. Here the focus is on training a group of  7 youth workers as music teachers for the partner schools in Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. The Global Music Campus has been developing an innovative new two year curriculum since 2010 for use in Music Schools in the region to provide professional training for aspiring young musicians. At the Campus the trainee music teachers will receive intensive training in the use of the curriculum with a group of 6 experienced facilitators from Africa and Germany who were also responsible for designing the curriculum.

The curriculum uses modern teaching methods with modules, learning outcomes and credit points using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) as the basis for its design. The content however focusses specifically on musical practice in the various countries involved. Through the training program the participants will be enabled and encouraged to create new curriculum specifically focussed on the musical cultures in their countries. The ultimate aim of the program is to create a network of music schools throughout the continent using a complementary system which will enable them to exchange teachers and students, best practices and co-operate inter-regionally and internationally. Through the organizational development workshops the schools will gain practical experience and skills in how to manage their programs sustainably and apply for accreditation with the accreditation authorities in their respective countries.

The project is co-funded for the next two years by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union and the Goethe-Institut through the Goethe-Institut in Ethiopia which is also a partner in the project.

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