El Sistema

El Sistema

Aug 22

From the documentary, “El Sistema”

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The remarkable accomplishment of a great humanist, José Antonio Abreu, who dedicated his life to set up the ‘Sistema’ in 1975, an extraordinary music and social project which has been running in Venezuela in an attempt to transform the lives of the nations poorest children. It has been using classical music to tackle the social problems of a country where 60% of the population live below the poverty line. By offering free instruments and tuition through a network of after-school centres all over the country, the Sistema has kept thousands of children away from the drugs, alcohol and gang-related violence of the streets and has led to the creation of 30 professional orchestras in a country that had only 2 before it started. Currently, 310,000 to 370,000 children attend the Sistemas schools and many of them play in one of the 125 youth orchestras. 70 to 90 percent of the students come from poor socio-economic backgrounds.

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RELATED LINKS:

El Sistema Website
‘El Sistema’ (The 2009 Documentary)
‘In Harmony’ in England
Wikipedia on El Sistema

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