The best way to position MECA in the centre of high level education was to partner with a few qualified academics who have had a wealth of experience in music education to keep up with the education trends. The committee regularly invites some of these academics to board meetings to evaluate and maintain quality education and also monitor progress on projects. The members of the Education and Development Committee give their advice, guidance and skills to the project selected.

The passion for this project was developed in the environment of social, creative and cognitive development benefits that take place during the process of early learning, playing and mastering a musical instrument. The rationale was based on the fact that there are many schools in disadvantaged communities that don’t have music education programmes in their curricula. There are also many libraries with books that are available to students and adults in the townships for learning; but there are no “music libraries” where students can learn how to develop their musical talent.

In future MECA also aims to build music libraries for communities and use music for social empowerment and change. MECA also believes that musical instrument learning Centres are a means of providing young South Africans with alternative development opportunities where new skills sets can be developed and nurtured. MECA also intends to extend and contribute to a larger body of information and research that many higher institutions gather. Much of educational research material comes from community projects such as MECA that can be used for postgraduate theses.

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