The African Music Library announces the debut of Foster, a ground-breaking music education initiative designed to give underprivileged school children in Africa more control over their lives.
Foster aims to close the accessibility gap in music education and offer kids a transforming environment where they may find their musical gifts, foster their creativity, and gain valuable life skills.
On June 2, 2023, Akoka Primary School in Yaba, Lagos, hosted a successful inaugural celebration that served as the formal debut of Foster.
A Project Director at African Music Library, Jideofor Okoro, who revealed this in a statement on Sunday, added that the programme chose Akoka Primary School as its first beneficiary, marking a significant milestone in its mission to impact children across Africa, one school at a time.
He added that the programme plans to expand its reach to more schools and communities in the coming months, noting that Foster recognizes the immense potential of music in enhancing children’s lives and believes that every child, regardless of their socioeconomic background, should have the opportunity to explore and develop their musical talents.
With a vision to create a future where all African children can access music education, Foster is committed to fostering creativity, self-expression, and personal growth through music.
Okoro said, “The programme will partner with local schools and community organisations to provide music education classes, workshops, and performance opportunities to children who otherwise may not have had access to such enriching experiences.
“This programme will also collaborate with renowned musicians and educators to inspire and mentor the next generation of African music talents”.
“The inaugural event at Akoka Primary School witnessed enthusiastic participation from students, teachers, and community members.
“The programme’s carefully designed curriculum, delivered by passionate and skilled music educators, captivated the students’ interest and showcased the joy and possibilities that music brings.
“From interactive workshops to lively performances, the launch event created an inspiring and engaging musical environment, leaving a lasting impact on the students’ minds.”
Anu Onasanya, the Project Coordinator for Foster, expressed excitement that the Foster programme started at Akoka Primary School, “an institution that has shown unwavering commitment to the holistic development of its students.”
She said, “By starting our journey here, we hope to pave the way for a brighter future for these talented young individuals and empower them through the universal language of music.”
The headmistress of Akoka Primary School, Mrs Okeke, said, “We are honoured to be the first beneficiaries of the Foster Programme.
“We firmly believe in the transformative power of music education, and this partnership with Josplay will provide our students with invaluable opportunities to explore and develop their musical talents.
“We are incredibly grateful for this initiative and look forward to the positive impact it will have on our student’s personal growth.”
According to Emmanuel Ogala, President of the African Music Library, the AML is excited to embark on this journey with Foster and provide African children with the opportunity to discover and embrace their musical talents.
“Music has the ability to transcend boundaries and empower individuals. Through Foster, we hope to nurture the next generation of African musicians and leaders who will inspire positive change in their communities,” he said.
Foster is calling for support from individuals, businesses, and organisations that share the passion for music education and believe in its transformative power.
There are various ways to get involved, including volunteering, making financial contributions, donating instruments, and supporting fundraising events.