Peace Through Music Uganda

In Uganda Since 2005

School-Based Classes

Since 2005, SMF has offered music classes in several Gulu primary and secondary schools, including the temporary Awere School (a displaced school for students from the destroyed village of Awere), Gulu Central, Holy Rosary Primary School and a new nursery and primary school opened for children born while their mothers were child soldiers. Classes include:

  • Beginning and Intermediate Pennywhistle
  • Singing
  • Beginning Drum

IDP Camp-Based Classes

Tens of thousands of war-impacted people lived in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps. Most were children who lost their homes and families during the war. The camps are now officially closed, but over 10,000 people continue to live there, including both children attending school and children who cannot attend school due to lack of money. We offer weekly classes and volunteer training in the following areas:

  • Singing
  • Beginning and Advanced Pennywhistle
  • Beginning Drum

Labala

Labala has a large population of former child soldiers, who have had great difficulty integrating into the community, and young Ugandans who have missing and dead family members. Through the music classes offered by SMF, these young men and women have been able to come together and become a part of the local community. We offer classes in the following areas at Labala:

  • Singing
  • Beginning and Advanced Pennywhistle
  • Beginning Drum

Gulu Youth-Teacher Volunteer Program

As in Kosovo, our Uganda program is based on the premise that a sustainable, locally-run program is in the best interests of war-affected communities. Training local volunteers also allows us to teach more children year-round. Local youth volunteers receive training in the following:

  • Reading, writing, and counting music
  • Singing
  • Playing pennywhistle and ukulele
  • Music pedagogy for children, including reading, counting, singing, and playing music

St Bakhita Teacher’s College

SMF offers music pedagogy training to all the students attending St. Bakhita’s Teacher College. These teachers will be able to take SMF instruments and programs to the schools where they teach after graduation.


THRIVE Partnership

SMF is developing a partnership with THRIVE, a local organization working to heal Northern Uganda from the traumatic events of war. Together with THRIVE we will offer SMF music classes to children during school breaks.


Child-Mother Classes (fortunately, this program is no longer needed and has been discontinuted)

The Pabo IDP camp was home to a significant number of child mothers, girls who conceived and bore children as a result of their abduction and abuse within the Lord’s Resistance Army. This population had tremendous physical and emotional needs as well as tremendous potential as leaders in peacemaking. We taught weekly classes in the following:

  • Singing
  • Beginning and Advanced Pennywhistle
  • Musical Play for Young Children
Click through the slides below to see our Uganda programs in action!