Project information

Music School in Gaza

The ESNCM is the only music school in Gaza. It creates a lively music culture
in a war-torn and besieged place.
Music therapy can offer healing and hope to children devastated by war and violence.
We provide life-changing opportunities to culture and education and a better future for kids.

September 2015 - August 2016

Charity information: PALMUSIC

  • Need


    Gaza has been severely affected by continuous wars and siege. Last summer, Gaza experienced its most deadly war in its recent history which claimed the lives of 2,000 Palestinians including 553 children. The conditions of living are unbearable due to high rates of unemployment and poverty because of movement restrictions. This situation has had a significant impact on the lives of children who suffer from psychological trauma and distress as reported by rhe charity ''Save the Children''.


    In 2008, the ESNCM opened the first ever music school in Gaza which offered children access to the first-ever structured and long-term quality music education in Gaza and enabling those traumatised children to participate in cultural life and artistic production. Through teaching, music performances and music therapy, the school provides children with meaningful opportunities and life changing experiences which offer healing and hope despite all the destruction and violence.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support the Gaza Music School after the devastating war last year.


    » We will award 50 scholarships to students from the Gaza music school, establish choirs and organise concerts and music events.

    What success will look like

    Success will be offering the chance to 50 students who don't have the financial ability to attend the Gaza Music School and to create a lively music culture in a war-torn place.

  • Impact


    The Gaza Music School is believed to be ''a dream come true in the Gaza Strip'' as it is the only school which offers music education which is not being taught at schools. There is a need to create more branches in the Gaza Strip to serve the big number of children who lack educational and cultural activities.
    A long-term success will be an increase in the number of students who will enrol at the school and the expansion of the school's activities to refugee camps and remote villages in Gaz


    The continuous war and occupation in the Gaza Strip means that there is a constant threat in the sustainability of the school.


    Funders of this project will receive a report on the ongoing and forthcoming activities of the Gaza Music School. They will also receive updates on the progress of the student they are supporting. Donors will also receive CDs with recordings of the children concerts and personalised cards.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Scholarships to new students Students in Gaza will receive full scholarships
  • Background


    Gaza has one of the youngest populations worldwide where the 51% of the population are children under 18. Gaza has been characterised as ''an open prison'' as it is home to more than 1.8 million people who live in an area of 40km, half of which are refugees. Over 80% of the population lives under the poverty live and exit from sea, land and air is restricted as a result of the Israeli blockade imposed in 2006.


    50 children will benefit from the project aged between 6-15 years old who are coming from poor backgrounds. The choirs will involve more than 600 children aged from 4-15 years old. The cultural life of the whole area will be revived through the outreach activities of the school, reaching out to a community of more than 500,000 people currently living in the Gaza Strip.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We are the only UK charity established to support the music education of young Palestinians as we believe that music education can transform the lives of those affected by war and violence. We are the official UK partners of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music UK which runs the Gaza Music School and we have extensive knowledge of the place and its needs.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Ruba Tohah

    Development coordinator