Monday 13 July 2015
WIDAD Center students raise their voices to join thousands of other students worldwide in charity project 'Voices Around The World'
This year the WIDAD Center, a COINS Foundation-sponsored school based in Dubai, took part in a very unique charity project, 'Voices Around The World'. The project invites schools from across the globe to learn and perform the lyrics of the same song and perform them online, uniting them to create a record-breaking online children's song recording. However the project has a much wider aim: by bringing students together from across the world, it spreads the global message that we can learn a lot from young people and that their voices are important and need to be listened to.
This year saw over 5,000 students from over 1,400 schools and 48 countries come together, each performing their version of 'Listen To Us' - this year's chosen song. The project invites schools from every continent to take part, culminating in the single's release on July 6th. Established by former music teacher and international school principal Laurie Lewin, in collaboration with singer/songwriter Howard Jones, the Voices Around The World project (now in its third year) attracts a huge range of schools, including from Israel, Cambodia, Iceland, Brazil and Turkey. Laurie has traveled to many schools to support them with their rehearsals and recordings of 'Listen To Us' and to encourage students to think about the words they are singing.
"Young people really want to make a difference; they want to work together for change. Many who we've spoken to, from all around the world, show they're absolutely passionate about the meaning behind the words of the song. You can see it in their faces and hear it in their voices while they're singing. Whatever their age, participating in such a project has a huge impact on them."
- Laurie Lewin, Founder of Voices Around The World
Laurie was inspired to find a school in Syria to participate in this year's project thanks to the suggestion of a student who took part in 2014.
"During last year's project, I visited an international school in Dubai to help the students with their recording, I spoke to a young girl there who'd been practicing the song with me. She said 'I'd like to be singing this with my friends back in Syria.' She was a Syrian refugee. Thanks to her wish, this year we are thrilled to have children from Al-Shams (The Sun) School, Sweida city, Syria joining us on the recording."
- Laurie Lewin
"For students around the world, sharing in the recording of a song with a common goal is an incredibly powerful experience. It is uniting children of so many cultures with one important message – that working together, you can make a difference."
- Kristina Bourner, Music teacher at St Christopher’s School in Bahrain
In San Paulo Brazil, a student who took part in the recording said "The project is good because it involves young people from all kinds of backgrounds. We are all singing the same song and we are all linked by the music."
'Listen To Us' is available to download from iTunes and from the Voices Around The World website , where you will also be able to find out how to participate in the 2016 project. You can also see feedback from some of this year’s participating schools on the Voices Around The World Facebook page . All proceeds from the sales of the CD plus a DVD will this year go to support schools in Tanzania that are in need of basic learning resources.
Other sponsors that have helped to raise awareness of the project this year include Monjasa Foundation, Bandzoogle, The Charter for Compassion and The International Primary Curriculum.
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