High school students in Tunisia and Senegal have discovered the liberating power of music thanks to the action of Tunisia88, and Senegal88, two projects supported by the EIB Institute.
88 International;– as per the number of keys on a piano keyboard – an association led by Carnegie Hall pianist Kimball Gallagher to promote musical education as a way to encourage mutual discovery, and foster harmony across different cultures is leading both projects together with local partners.
In Tunisia a country where there is no musical education for students more than 60 000 high school students have joined student-led, after-school music clubs in high schools all over the country, in particular in less developed and less privileged areas.
Tunisia88 clubs plan their own musical events in their communities, participate in song-writing contests, and hold regular weekly meetings. Selected members participate in leadership and creativity trainings and in the national Tunisia 88 Choir which has already performed with professional orchestras most recently in Beirut (Lebanese American University), Istanbul, Mâcon and Lyon (France). Wherever possible, Tunisia88 commissions and performs music by young Tunisian composers.
Tunisia88 is run in partnership with Action et Développement Solidaire (ADS), a Tunisia based NGO; 88 International; and the EIB Institute. The project is under the ‘High Patronage’ of the President of the Republic of Tunisia.