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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Petra Bagust: Singing together, a language we can all understand | Newshub

On our second day in Lebanon, Luke and I arrive at the Learning Centre on the outskirts of Beirut with instruments and sheet music, continues Newshub.

Photo: Tearfund

This 'school 'is housed in a building on the edge of a busy highway.

We climb five flights of stairs, past metal and wood workshops, to a room that's used as both the school hall, and a playground, for the 50 children who come on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the 70 here on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

There is delight and mirth when we bring out the tiny guitars - ukeleles!

We have five to give to the learning centre, and packets or replacement strings - which they'll need, based on the enthusiasm of the children's strumming...

I also speak with a younger girl who loves the learning centre and maths.

She is so grateful to all her teachers. It's been the best year-and-a-half since she started coming here.

The bell sounds, and they race away into the corridor, down five flights of stairs and out into the chaos of a busy city.

I hope their new song - written out on the whiteboard, can be a warm memory in their hearts, and I hope that we will be able to fund resources for the school.

Source: Newshub