Petits Músics del Món is an NGO that works from the cooperation between Catalonia and Malawi, being Music Crossroads a fundamental entity for it. Petits Músics del Món has been involved with Music Crossroads in Malawi for ten years, bringing music to classrooms and supporting the training of both teachers and future musicians. The organization’s co-operation is focused on stabilizing music education in Malawi and offering it as a work path of both invidual and group empowerment. Fostering a sense of belonging, self-confidence and awareness of existing issues.
In addition, PMM is fighting for access to free education and improving educational conditions for Malawian children, as well as fighting child illiteracy and gender disparities. The cooperation of Petits Músics del Món and Music Crossroads has been based on four areas of intervention, according to the detected problems:
- Form the Music Crossroads Malawi team, bands and own choirs: teacher training is essential to transform the social base from the early educational stages and to create a long-term self-sustaining project.
- Provide a professional training module and promote their own bands and choirs.
- Improve youth and female employability.
- Preserve and promote traditional musical heritage.
Petits Musics cooperation is focused on implementing the Music Crossroads Malawi program, to strengthen its impact on the country’s youth and education. Through this collaboration, youth participation has been fostered through art and music. Much importance is given to continuous work with children and young people to influence their schooling and the transmission of values.
Music and education generate processes of change, leadership and personal and social transformation, with the people of the country as the driving force and protagonist of all of them. Music is essential in the educational process, both for the skills it entails and for the capacity for emotional and social penetration it causes.