On 7 July, the young musicians trained as part of the Mazaya programme, a project supported by the Societe Generale Foundation for Solidarity, gave their end of year concert.
The Ténor pour la Culture (Tenor for Culture) Foundation, founded in Rabat, Morocco in 2006, aims to encourage, organise and promote cultural events and activities that contribute to the cultural development of the country.
Inspired by the success of a similar project in Venezuela, the Mazaya programme uses music as a means of social advancement by offering underprivileged young people who have dropped out of school a dual approach combining a basic education with advanced music courses. The objective of the programme is social and vocational integration through becoming professional musicians. The programme, which lasts for a minimum of 5 years, is intended for children and young people ages 8 to 17. A pilot class of 38 children started in January 2012.
To conclude this first year, the pupils peformed their third concert of the season on 4 types of stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello and double bass). The programme included classical and choral music, a repertoire that highlighted the hard work done by the pupils and their teachers.
After the concert, Farid Bensaïd, President of the Foundation, said, “When I think about the benefits of music and the young children on the Mazaya programme, who are from underprivileged backgrounds and have left school, I am sure that they will make it their profession”.
By 2015, the objective of the Fondation Ténor pour la Culture is to reach out through the programme to about 140 children in the cities of Rabat and Casablanca.