School days in Gaza are can be very hard. Many children have difficulty concentrating and learning because of chronic psychological distress. Classes are overcrowded. Buildings are damaged by Israeli shells and the blockade prevents materials for repair from entering Gaza. A shortage of school buildings has made most schools run two or three shifts, shortening the school day. There is no time, money or space for anything but the bare basic instruction. MECA is supporting a music program in Gaza schools for 100 children. At the end of the year, the children’s “Peace Choir” performed for the whole community. A friend in Gaza who attended wrote:
Stunning performance by the Peace Choir of 100 children from the Gaza Strip. They sang a song from their Palestinian heritage about a grandmother’s thobe (traditional embroidered dress); about how each stitch represents a Palestinian story from pre-1948 Palestine.