Music education in Africa
The Jörg Wolff Foundation has been supporting music education projects in West Africa for years.
This includes the supply of musical instruments such as melodicas and keyboards as well as the financing of lessons.
The story of Moses Lamin, a priest in Sierra Leone, shows impressively that the promotion of music education can even be life-saving in extreme cases:
During the civil war in Sierra Leone, the priest Moses Lamin came between the fronts. The rebels accused him of cooperating with government troops. Moses Lamin affirmed his neutrality as a priest and choirmaster of his congregation. “Anyone can say that. If you can’t prove it, we’ll shoot you,” was the reaction of the rebels. In his distress, Moses unpacked his melodica and played a church chorale. The rebels then let him go on without harm
Our training is based on the principle: “take and give again”. In addition to instruments, the foundation also finances professional teaching in the country für
- Keyboards and
- Brass instruments
If the students have learned for themselves, they give something back again as tutors by teaching others free of charge. To the extent that transport costs are incurred for this, the Foundation will pay for this.
Many children learn melodica in preparation for playing the organ or keyboard.