Promoting Music Education as a Means to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Jan 11, 2016

Agi Veres, Country Director of UNDP China and Lang Lang, UN Messenger of Peace and renowned pianist with children from the One Day Chorus.

Beijing, January 11th- Lang Lang, UN Messenger of Peace and renowned pianist, donated 100,000 RMB through UNDP for better music education for the children with disabilities of One Day Chorus, a musical project under Huayi Brothers Foundation.

At the special event for the children held in the UN Building to commemorate the donation, Lang Lang noted “Education is the key to development. We must empower our children - the future leaders of the world - with necessary instrument to make their dreams come true.”

The grant will be used for better music education for the chorus members and to promote their more rounded development by providing musical instruments and training. Going forward, UNDP looks to further cooperation with the One Day Chorus by identifying opportunities in the international arena and appealing for extensive attention to children’s rights and well-being, especially the education of children with disabilities.

“One of the leading key principles behind the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals is to ‘leave no one behind’”, Agi Veres, Country Director for UNDP China noted, “This means putting every child in school, improving the quality of learning, and ensuring an inclusive education without discrimination for all.” 

Later at the ceremony, the children learnt about the Sustainable Development Goals by playing the SDGs Memory Game with Lang Lang, Agi Veres, Patrick Haverman, Deputy Country Director and other UNDP staff, through which the children were encouraged to remember and learn more about the 17 Goals.

“The film ‘One Day’ changed many people’s view about children with disabilities. Since then, One Day Chorus, a project stemming from the film, has been helping children to explore their musical talents. Thanks to Lang Lang and UNDP, the chorus is on a successful path to enable the children lead a happier life than ever,” said Sun Amei, founder of One Day Chorus.

Among the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals are the goals to achieve Goal 3 “Good Health and Well-being” and Goal 4 “Quality Education”. To ensure children’s rights and improve their well-being, it is vital to provide all children, particularly children with disabilities, with a better education.

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