Through a United Nations initiative, five disabled children who are members of the State Foundation for the National Youth and Children’s Orchestra System (El Sistema) were designated “UNESCO Artists for Peace.”
The Director of the National System of Orchestras, economist José Antonio Abreu, made the announcement on Saturday during the opening ceremonies of Children’s Day, which is celebrated the third Sunday of July in Venezuela, in the Municipal Theater of Caracas.
The State Foundation for the National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela is a special project of the Venezuelan state, founded by Abreu, for the systematization of collective musical instruction and practice, making symphonic orchestra and chorus tools for social organization and community development.
Children of the Capital District met in the Municipal Theater to celebrate their day in the company of the Minister of People’s Power for Education, Héctor Navarro. Music and cultural activities were enjoyed by the hundreds of children in attendance and the Minister of People’s Power for Sports, Victoria Mata, the representative of the Office of the President, Luis Reyes Reyes, and Erika Farias from the Community, among other personalities.
Bolivarian News Agency (ABN), Press Unit of the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the United States / July 20, 2009