El Sistema and Refugees

The Ensemble seeks to connect and inform all people who are committed to ensemble music education for youth empowerment and social change.

El Sistema and Refugees


El Sistema programs are finding ways to provide music learning for refugee and migrant young people around the world. Fewer than half of the world’s 7.1 million refugee children receive schooling, and only 24% of high school–age refugees have school opportunities—compared with 84% of non-refugee teens around the world. Thank you to El Sistema program friends in Greece, Germany, Sweden, and in the U.S. for providing rich music education to kids who live stressful lives. Find out more about youth refugees here.


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