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NGO Launches ‘Foster’ to Educate Disadvantaged African School Children Via Music


The African Music Library has announced the launch of Foster, an innovative music education programme aimed at empowering disadvantaged school children across Africa.

Foster seeks to bridge the gap in access to music education and provide a transformative platform for children to discover their musical talents, nurture their creativity, and develop important life skills.

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Foster officially launched with its inaugural event at Akoka Primary School, Yaba, Lagos, on June 2, 2023.

The program 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; with plans to expand its reach to more schools and communities in the coming months.

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According to Jideofor Okoro, Project Director at African Music Library, Foster recognises 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.

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He explained that 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.

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“The program will partner with local schools and community organizations to provide music education classes, workshops, and performance opportunities to children who otherwise may not have had access to such enriching experiences.

“This program 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.

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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.

“We are thrilled to have kicked off the Foster program at Akoka Primary School, an institution that has shown unwavering commitment to the holistic development of its students”, said Anu Onasanya, the Project Coordinator for Foster.

“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”.

On her part, the headmistress of Akoka Primary School, Mrs Okeke said: “We are honored to be the first beneficiaries of the Foster Program. 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 students’ personal growth”.

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According to Emmanuel Ogala, President of African Music Library “We are 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”.

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The organisers called for support from individuals, businesses, and organisations who share the passion for music education and believe in its transformative power through volunteering, making financial contributions, donating instruments, and supporting fundraising events.

Foster is a music education programme dedicated to empowering disadvantaged school children across Africa. Through comprehensive music education classes, workshops, and performance opportunities, Foster aims to nurture creativity, develop important life skills, and unlock the potential of African children.

To learn more about Foster and how to get involved, visit www.africanmusiclibrary.org/foster

African Music Library is a non-profit organization focused on preserving and sharing deep knowledge of African music through research, community and technology.



Ismail Aniemu

Ismail Aniemu, Publisher of JournalNG and ghost writer, is a maritime journalist of over two decades' of practice with multidisciplinary background. He holds a masters degree in Transport Management from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology(LAUTECH) with bias for logistics. He is also an alumnus of the Times Journalism Institute where he obtained a post graduate diploma in Journalism. Email: ismail.aniemu@aol.com

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