Funding capacity building and syllabus development
The British Council is providing funding for capacity building and syllabus development at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), for three years until 2015.
So far, British Council funds have trained hundreds of students, through both regular classes and winter academies. In addition, the funds have helped the institute to hire international musicians to come to Afghanistan to provide classes and develop the institute’s syllabus.
ANIM is the first and only music institute in Afghanistan which is a dedicated music education entity where disadvantaged Afghan children, orphans, street vendors and young girls can get their general education, as well as specialist training in traditional Afghan and western classical music.
Supporting cultural, musical and social exchange
This year we sent a group of six musicians aged 11 to 17 years old on a cultural, musical and social exchange with music schools in UK. As part of the tour they performed on the prestigious stage of the Southbank Centre Alchemy Festival. Their tour also included visits to schools, parks, historical places, concerts and opportunities to participate in joint performances.
The performances by the young musicians were very much appreciated by the overseas audience. The event was an excellent opportunity for the participants to see the progress and positive side of life in Afghanistan which is rarely heard internationally or covered by international media.