Our World Voice programme enhances children's learning across the curriculum, in countries around the world, through the act of singing. By integrating singing into classroom life, a child’s musicality is improved but also their awareness of other cultures by learning songs from other countries. In November 2017, we were delighted to announce multi Grammy Award winning singer Joyce DiDonato as World Voice's Global Ambassador. “If I were to have designed my dream project,” she said, “it would have been this.”
World Voice has reached 8,000 teachers and 500,000 children but we want to do more. Our aim is to reach 1,000,000 children by 2020. We are holding a World Voice Gala at the Hotel Café Royal in the heart of London on 2 November 2018 where we hope to raise enough money to take the programme to new countries, teachers and children. We're delighted that Joyce DiDonato is taking time out of her extremely busy schedule to come and sing for us on the night. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BritishMusic_ to keep up to date!
World Voice is a vibrant, growing movement which began in 2013 in Senegal and India and the network has since extended to include Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Nepal, Palestine, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Zimbabwe and the UK. Anyone in the world can access the growing bank of online resources, including a World Songbook with songs from all the countries that have taken part.
First, highly-skilled British trainers pass on their expertise to teachers and pupils in the participating country, to give them a range of techniques to use song as a tool for learning. Selected teachers from the country are encouraged to continue their training to become World Voice trainers themselves. These new, local “master trainers” are empowered to help cascade the programme across their country and so the programme grows. At the same time, the British Council engages with key stakeholders in each country to promote the recognition and practice of singing as a core part of every child's education.