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AMMAN – Since the beginning of this month of June, 20 Jordanian Christian children and 20 Syrian Muslim children come together three times a week to sing and learn to play the flute. A project funded by Caritas Jordan intends to bring a message of peace through music.

The forty children are separated into two classes, one for flute and the other singing. Though the summer heat of June makes it harder to concentrate, the pleasure of learning makes up for it. In the flute/recorder class, budding musicians are slowly starting to control the sound coming from their instruments while the apprentice singers, on the other hand, apply themselves to practice vocalization exercises.

The children are starting but the desire is promising. Launched on June 1 by Caritas, the music classes are provided free to the young children three times a week and this will increase to four times in July. The children, both Jordanian Christians and Syrian Muslims, all come from very simple environments with few resources. Learning music at such a pace is therefore an opportunity for all.

One voice for peace

Organized by the Salesian Sisters, the project wants to give a message of peace by bringing together Muslims and Christians around the medium of music, “a very strong means of expression”, according Sister Rasha. Caritas hopes to create a children’s choir that can continue in the long-term in the same vein as several well-known choirs in Jordan. Some teachers invested in this project are themselves singers in the choir “Fountain of Love”, known beyond the Jordanian borders for its religious diversity. A sponsorship promising a bright future.

Claire Guigou

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