PFCF’s journey in Rwanda began with the goal of using traditional and modern music and dance, as well as sports, as tools for positive change and education. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of our local teachers we’ve seen this program grow and progress in ways we couldn’t imagine. The music and dance classes that began in rural Masaka a few years ago have now expanded to serve many more young people in the capital city of Kigali.
In honor of the influence, the program has had the teachers and students decided to give the name of the “Ubuntu Music Program” to our work in Rwanda. The Ubuntu philosophy is a humanist concept that means “I am because we are” and based on a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.
In 2013 established a long-term partnership with Star School, a primary and secondary school with 700 children located in Masaka, just outside the capital of Kigali. The campus includes dormitories, a library, computer room, farm, greenhouse, sports fields and science laboratory. The music and sports program provides music instruction in traditional dance, drumming as well as keyboards and guitar taught by two dynamic instructors. Star School is the first PFCF music program to include sports as a part of its curriculum with a thriving soccer program reaching an even greater number of youth.
Since January 2019 we’ve expanded to a new school located in capital city Kigali. Vocals, traditional dance, guitar and keyboard are among the disciplines taught by our team of professional musicians. The students …
>We decided to give the name of “Ubuntu Music Program” to our work in Rwanda. Ubuntu is a bantu word that means “humanity towards others”, a popular in South Africa and other African countries. The Ubuntu Philosophy is a humanist concept that could be summed up as “I am because we are” and based on the idea that there is a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity.