Among the collected case studies on arts and education for inclusion in Europe foreseen by META strategy, experiences based on El Sistema outstand as a very good example of educational innovations through arts, in particular music, in schools and outside schools.
They are especially thought for ALL children, not only for talented ones and have a special attention for disadvantaged children living in deprived communities. El Sistema was founded in 1975 by Venezuelan educator, musician and activist José Antonio Abreu and since then all over the worlds over 400 music centers have been created and 700,000 young musicians involved, according to official data available. Abreu used to say that "Music has to be recognized as an agent of social development, in the highest sense because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. And it has the ability to unite an entire community, and to express sublime feelings." META Advocacy Round Table in Italy counted on the participation of the Director of El Sistema Italy Professor Lorenzo Cinnati who explained that more than 7 thousands children are playing musing in Italy thanks to the programme. Never the less there is no public funds available to sustain the project and ensure sustainability of the practice. http://www.sistemaitalia.eu/ Of the same opinion is Professor Maheu of El Sistema France, whose experience has been collected among the 40 case studies, who is worried over the future of the French El Sistema, notwithstanding the wonderful results in terms of integration and community harmony obtained in the Schools of Nantes and Strasbourg. For more info see http://www.sistemaeurope.org/ and http://www.elsistema-france.org/