Symphony for life – children and young education
Driven by the Jesus’ example of ministry towards life, health, happiness and security the Diocese of West-South of Brazil develops a project with children and teenagers in vulnerability situation. The inequality in Brazil is huge and alarming, despite its position at the world economy statistics.
According to the Christian Aid Study on Brazil called “The Real Brazil: the inequality behind the statistics”, released in 2012, just 30 years ago, most of the poorest people in the world – those living on less than US$1.2”5 a day – were found in poor countries. Today, some 75 per cent of those who are most in need live in countries enjoying middle-income status. Brazil is no exception. Despite the boom, it [Brazil] remains among the top 10 countries in the world for income inequality, and has within its borders some 16 million people – equivalent to the population of the Netherlands – living in abject poverty. More than twice that number, 21.4 per cent of the population, fall below the World Bank’s national poverty line.
This reality affects mostly children and teenagers. In order to change this reality and give this public possibilities of citzenshipness and opportunities the project called “Symphony for Life” is developed in the South of Brazil, supported by SADD (Anglican Service for Diaconia and Development – of Episcopal Anglican Church in Brazil) aiming to involve children and teenagers coming from low income families to minimize social exclusion and strength family and social bounds, promoting knowledge, self esteem and better quality for all.
The project is carried on throughout workshops of flute, guitar and violin, three times a week, during the period they are not at the school. In Brazil there are only few full day schooling. The Symphony for Life includes also meetings with the families and community, seminaries and recreational activities as part of the whole process.
The Project exists in Santana do Livramento/RS since 2008 and we already can consider many participants with expressive knowledge and practice with their elected musical instrument. The families of the community are very involved and it’s visible the evolvement of each one of the participants and their community as well. The rate of school evasion and failure are almost zero among the participants, raising in the city a huge interest on this kind of initiative done by the Anglican Family in that region.