The East African Global Music Campus (EAGMC) enables talented young musicians to acquire the necessary skills to perform, read, write, document and transmit their own music cultures. This will empower them to engage in local and interregional markets and contribute to the development of a diverse and dynamic music sector.
The aim is threefold:
- To empower young musicians through musical training and capacity building within the partner organizations. To improve training techniques and develop innovative new curricula for non-formal learning
- To develop the administrative structures and enhance management capacities to allow for a greater interaction between the partner organizations and young musicians within the music education value chain and its interfaces with the creative economy.
- To link the partner organizations on an interregional level to exchange best practices and innovative ideas for the development of the creative economy based on the development of a music education system relevant to the needs of the participating countries.
The specific objectives are:
- To enable young African musicians to capture their rich musical heritage and develop innovative new teaching materials to preserve, promote and pass on their musical traditions to future generations
- To capacitate youth workers to develop the non-formal music education sector to its full potential by developing new and attractive teaching and learning methods and organizational skills.
- To capacitate youth organizations, young professionals, actors/agents of the non-formal and formal music education systems and the local music industries to engage in strategic cooperation
- To empower young people to engage in local and interregional markets and networks allowing for the development of a more diverse and dynamic music industry
- To create a new curriculum based upon the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) employing learning outcomes, modules, and credit points
- To increase the mobility of learners and create opportunities for the meaningful exchange of students and teachers both within the region and with potential partners within the European community.
The East African Global Music Campus conducts two main activities every year.
For more information about the East African Global Music Campus please visit the project website: www.global-music-campus.net
2017 Campus Ethiopia
The East African Global Music Campus will be held from the 8th to the 30th of September in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There will be participants from partner institutions in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Sierra Leone.
The first two years of the new curriculum developed for music schools offering professional music education will be taught over the next two years.
Capacity building workshop
The need to develop the organizational capacity of the partners led to the development of a workshop format for directors and administrators incorporating intensive training in IT skills, content management, music school administration, financial administration, evaluation, accreditation, networking and developing a sustainable social enterprise.
The first organizational development workshop was held in Kampala, Uganda in April/May 2017 and included all the partner organizations from both the South East African Campus and the East African Campus. The director and administrator from each institution were invited to take part.
Exchange of best practices
The workshop not only provided essential skills and expertise to the participants but also enabled them to exchange best practices and discuss the development of a regional network for professional music education.
Kampala was chosen as the venue because the Bayimba Cultural Foundation hosts the East African Performing Arts Market (DOADOA) there every May. This created synergies as the partners were able to network with all the key industry players in the region and present their work in a series of panel discussions.
The participants in the East African Campus originally took part in the South East African Campus held in Soweto, South Africa in 2012 and 2013. As a result of the decision to develop a separate East African Campus a pilot Campus was held in 2014 in Jinja, Uganda where Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania took part.
After the pilot the partners decided it was necessary to develop more awareness for the idea and in May 2015 a workshop tour of four East African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) was undertaken with the support of the Goethe-Institut. A 5 day intensive workshop was held in each country with 90 participants altogether. The workshops focussed on selecting a group of teachers from each country to take part in the first full Campus held in Addis Ababa in 2016.
In September 2016 the first full East African Global Music Campus was held in Addis Ababa and included South Sudan and the first West African country Sierra Leone for the first time. At the end of 2016 the partners won a two year EU Erasmus+ grant co-financed, and in partnership with, the Goethe-Institut in Ethiopia.