At Sinfonía por el Perú we look to the future with hope. In our first 12 years of work in Peru, we have been able to verify the enormous impact that music has on the integral development of children, their families and communities.
Get to know some of our impact results.
Individually, music teaching helps girls, boys and adolescents to have solid self-esteem (+30%) and greater self-control: they are less likely to suffer from addictions, obesity, depression or over-indebtedness in adult life. Likewise, the creative personality of our and our beneficiaries increases (+20%), and the pleasure of working at school (+34%); In addition, it reduces risk behaviors and expressions of verbal and physical aggressiveness (-29%) and the prevalence of adolescent pregnancy (-75%).
In the educational field, in addition to the previously mentioned indicator, there are those that measure achievement in school, behavior problems, progress, attendance, dropout and educational transitions, adding a study on aspirations and expectations about their academic future.
Within families, our impact translates into commitment and improvement of the dynamics among its members.
Music is the central element of an intervention aimed at the comprehensive development of children. Thanks to a perfect harmony between the collective teaching of music, the promotion of active citizenship, the articulated participation of mothers and fathers, community experiences, and the creation of a protective environment, our methodological proposal achieves a great impact on the skills and competencies of our and our beneficiaries.
At Sinfonía por el Perú, we work within the framework of the development of life skills, those that allow our girls, boys and adolescents to lead their life projects with autonomy, taking advantage of opportunities under equal conditions and, in this way, , become agents of change for society. We use the 12 transferable skills prioritized by Unicef with the aim of decisively contributing to reducing educational gaps and building more egalitarian and equitable societies. Our work has demonstrated the power of music to benefit the development of skills in its social, instrumental, cognitive, and emotional dimensions.
At Sinfonía por el Perú, we are aligned with universal principles, such as human rights, and the rights of girls, boys and adolescents, declared by the United Nations Organization. In addition, we are guided by the global goals established by the Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 agenda of this same entity.
UNESCO proposes that the role of culture be taken into account in most of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). At Sinfonía por el Perú, we recognize the importance of culture in the development of our society and we encourage it. Therefore, our work seeks to decisively contribute to democratic access to culture, cultural employment, the right to education and artistic freedom, among others.
Our impact evaluation reveals that the work of Sinfonía por el Perú reduces the practice of risky activities among the beneficiaries, such as substance abuse (narcotics or harmful consumption of alcohol); Likewise, it positively impacts their mental health and the development of socio-emotional skills.
The results of our impact evaluations have shown direct educational effects, such as better numeracy retention and cognitive skills, greater dedication to study, and less school dropout. Likewise, thanks to our Kindergarten Program, our girls and boys have access to early childhood care and development services.
At Sinfonía por el Perú, we provide personal, social and artistic tools through which girls, boys and young people in situations of risk and vulnerability can develop and become agents of change. The impact on women is direct: it reduces risk behaviors and adolescent pregnancy, the use of physical punishment, and the time spent caring for relatives. Girls and adolescents take advantage of this opportunity to study and work towards their personal goals.
The personal, social and artistic tools that the program provides to girls, boys and young people in situations of risk and vulnerability allow them to successfully develop their personal and professional projects to overcome contexts of inequity. The Special Education Program, aimed at beneficiaries with disabilities, stands out in the generation of opportunities.
The transformative efforts that we deploy from the musical, in Sinfonía por el Perú, are integrated into other social and cultural programs in various cities of the country. In this way, we contribute to disseminate culture, and encourage the appropriation of cultural heritage, the culture of peace, and social inclusion.
As part of a community that promotes change agents, our and our beneficiaries are actively engaged in the fight against global problems and take action to combat climate change, discrimination, among other challenges of humanity.
We promote positive behavior in children and adolescents through the arts and the development of values such as respect, tolerance and positive behavior, so that they become agents of change in their families and communities. In this way, the frequency of aggressive behaviors in their environments decreases drastically, and their communities are pacified.
Our model is an example of articulation between the public and private sectors, and civil society, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We have established strategic alliances with governments, educational institutions, private companies, and international organizations, to expand our vision and impact more beneficiaries.