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Music Laboratory launched for Jericho children

Oct. 14, 2008 8:28 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2008 8:28 P.M.)
Behtlehem - Ma'an - Twenty-five thousand Shekels (about 5,000 Euros) have built and furnished a music laboratory for the children of Jericho. Another 75 thousand will see the program run and outreach programs initiated in underprivileged areas.

A room in the Jericho Kids Club was renovated and sound-proofed , musical instruments and equipments were provided and teachers will be trained and dispatched to Doma in theHebron governorate and Jurat al Shama in the Bethlehem governorate, to begin bringing the creative outlet to youth of the towns.

The project, which is funded by the European Union, aims to reinforce the outreach program of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music (ESNCM)in the West Bank.

During Tuesday evening's inaugural concert Fabienne Bessonne, the European Commissions Head of Sector for social Affairs commented told the audience that "The European Union is proud to support efforts at the community level to foster and promote the Palestinian cultural scene. Who knows? Perhaps in this room are the Palestinian music stars of tomorrow."

Mr. Kamel Hmaid, the Governor of Jericho, said in his speech that "Today is a very important day, because music is the language that connects all people together."

Jericho residents, who have an active music community, hope that the laboratory will precipitate the construction of a branch of the ESNCM in the area.

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