The annual John Lennon ‘Dream Power’ concert, a charity event held to raise funds to help children in developing countries around the world, will be held again this year on Saturday December 8, the anniversary of John Lennon’s death. A galaxy of top artists will pay tribute to John Lennon’s music at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo.

This concert has been held every year in Tokyo since its inauguration by Yoko Ono in 2001, and a total of 117 schools have now been built with the proceeds in a total of 28 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America.

The profits from this year’s concert will fund around another 10 schools for disadvantaged children around the world.

A broad range of top-class Japanese musicians have responded to Yoko Ono’s invitation to appear at this year’s concert. A total of 21 artists in a line-up featuring 14 acts, including several appearing in the concert for the first time, will join Yoko Ono, who is coming all the way from New York for the event.

The concert will also feature a number of artists who have made regular appearances over the years ~ Tamio Okuda, Kazuya Yoshii, Kazuyoshi Saito, and LOVE PSYCHEDELICO. Yoshii and Saito have taken time out of their own busy concert schedules to make a special appearance here for us. Of special note is the long-awaited re-appearance of Junka, returning to the stage after taking a four-year break as a new mother.

There are a total of six new acts this year.

The multi-talented actress, singer and pianist Nao Matsushita will be appearing both as a singer and a pianist. Then there is the fantastically popular flumpool, fresh from his success on TV, Ryouta Fujimaki, now concentrating on a solo career after the break-up of his group, and Kyosaku from MONGOL800 who is joining THE HUMAN BEATS along with creative directors Michihiko Yanai and Seiji Kameda.

Then we have Unicorn and JUN SKY WALKER(S), who topped the unprecedented band boom that characterized the latter part of the 80’s through the 90’s. Their vocalist Kazuya Miyata is making his first appearance here, in a dream collaboration with Tamio Okuda over a John Lennon song. MC John Kabira is also making his first appearance for us. And finally Ann, who appeared last year in a reading of the lyrics of Imagine, will be performing this year as a singer.

Dream Power John Lennon Super Live 2012

Date: December 8, 2012 (Saturday) Doors 18.00 / Concert / 19.00
Venue: Nippon Budokan (Tokyo/Marunouchi)

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Find out about last year’s Dream Power 2011 here, and Dream Power 2010 here, and heartwarming Donation Reports on the concerts from 2011 (below) and 2009 here and 2008 here.

Dream Power Donation report 2011

The eleventh edition of the Dream Power John Lennon Live was held on December 8, 2011.

The concert saw the participation of twelve acts that responded to Yoko Ono’s call, with the proceeds to be used to benefit ten schools in nine Asian, African, and Latin American countries. These funds will be donated to Spirit Foundations, an organization founded by John and Yoko.

The event marked a new beginning for the next ten years of the concert’s existence, and we would like to give our heartfelt thanks once again to everyone who helped make this possible.

The school construction funds will be donated out of the concert proceeds to Spirit Foundations, an organization founded by John and Yoko. Plan, an international non-governmental organization whose mission is to support children in developing countries, will draw up a proposal identifying the schools that will benefit from the charity, and oversee the project from building construction to aftercare.

A portion of the concert merchandise sales will be donated to fund the construction of the Tohoku Rainbow House to support children who were orphaned by the March 11 disasters of 2011

The schools that will receive donations from the 2011 concert are:

Cambodia Yates Charoka Primary School
486 children including kindergarteners attend this school, but it lacks a proper kindergartener room, and the learning environment is less than adequate. We will address these issues by a constructing a kindergartener building capable of housing eighty children, as well as new toilet facilities, while also providing school supplies.

Nepal Shikchha Jyoti Primary School
220 children attend this school, but with simply-built structures serving as classrooms, conditions become difficult during the rainy and windy seasons, nor are there enough rooms to accommodate the entire student population. We will construct a new building and provide school supplies.

The Philippines Gamot Primary School
19 kindergarteners and 39 first- and second-graders attend this school, but classes for the kindergarteners and first-graders are held inside a simply-built makeshift structure. We will construct a new building capable of withstanding poor weather conditions and natural disasters. Iwayan Elementary School 198 children attend this school, but with leaking roofs and outbreaks of termites, the building is in a dismal state. We will construct a new disaster-proof building and provide school supplies.

Thailand Baan Kaenoi Elementary School
165 children, from kindergarteners to sixth-graders, attend this school, but the building has deteriorated and is undersized, leading to overcrowded classrooms. We will construct a new school building.

Vietnam Muc Village Primary School
51 children from first- to fifth-graders are enrolled this school, but with classroom space lacking, students in third grade and above are forced to commute to schools in other school districts. We will build a new school building to resolve this issues.

Ecuador Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno Elementary School
503 children, from first- to seventh-graders attend this school, but some of the classrooms have become unusable due to dilapidation and classes are constantly overcrowded. We will construct a new school building.

Guatemala Piedra Parada Primary School
32 children attend this school, but the simply built structure creates difficulties during the rainy season, and the classroom is not large enough to accommodate everyone, forcing some students out on to the hallway. We will construct a new school building.

Ghana Aboase Primary School
265 children attend this school, but the poorly ventilated and badly leaking classrooms are driving students away and causing them to miss classes. The school building will be completely refurbished, with a library added, and we will also build a sanitary water facility.

Senegal Ndiayene Sirakh Primary School
The school only has ten classrooms and two makeshift classrooms serving its 617 students. The makeshift classrooms in particular are poorly built and susceptible to bad weather conditions. This poor learning environment is causing many students to drop out. We will construct a new school building and provide school supplies.

The schools that received donations from the 2009 concert:

45% of the population living in the mountainous areas of this village live below the poverty line. They face many challenges associated with poverty, one of the most urgent of which is the poor quality of education.

Van Han Primary School
With the completion of a two-classroom building and a safe playing ground, and the provision of appropriate desks and chairs, the 101 students attending this school are now able to take class in a comfortable environment. We expect to see improved academic results because of these improvements. In addition, the completion of separate gender bathrooms with water facilities should lead to improved sanitary and health conditions.

“I’m so ecstatic to think that we will be studying in a new classroom. There is an electric fan in the classroom, and the desks and chairs are all new and shiny. I will study hard!” 4th-grade student

Many elementary schools in this country suffer from inadequate infrastructure, lack of classroom space and school supplies, and dilapidated buildings, and there is an urgent need to improve the learning environment.

Government School Mughom
With the completion of a new, two-room classroom with all the necessary supplies, the 70 or so students attending this school are now able to take classes in a better environment, and we expect to see better academic results. In addition, the floor has been paved, which should reduce respiratory diseases associated with dust and lead to fewer pests, which in turn will improve health conditions.sanitary and health conditions.

“We expect to see the students who quit due to the poor infrastructure return. More and more children will be educated here and grow.” -PTA chairperson

Guatemala’s school enrollment rate at the primary level has climbed to 94%, but the completion rate is still low at 63%.

Patzocon Primary School
The completion of a new building with better comfort and safety has improved the learning environment for the 113 children who attend this school. Classrooms are less crowded, and fewer students are missing school.

Pahoj Primary School
The completion of a new building with better comfort and safety has improved the learning environment for the 82 students who attend this school. Less crowded classrooms has led to higher school attendance, and we expect to see increased motivation and improved academic results.

The new building immediately before completion (left) and opening ceremony (right)

San Miguel Mojon School
The completion of a new building with better comfort and safety has led to an improved learning environment. We expect that children will be more motivated and academic results will improve.

Hierba Buena School The completion of a new building with better comfort and safety has led to an improved learning environment. The environment is more relaxed and bettersuited for learning, and we expect to see better academic results.

Even though free compulsory education was instituted in Thailand, the actual school infrastructure is inadequate, and many children do not have access to a good learning environment.

Ban Saeprai School
A new, four-classroom school building was completed, providing a better learning environment for the 260 children who attend this school. We expect to see increased enrollment rates, improved focus i n t he cla s s ro om , a nd b et t e r academic results.

The country is lacking in terms of both school infrastructure and teacher competency, and children aren’t given the kind of environment that is conducive to motivated learning. Saladillo Primary School A new, two-classroom school building was constructed, providing the 210 students, from first- to eighth-graders, as well as kindergarteners, a proper learning environment. Classrooms are no longer overcrowded, and we look forward to seeing better academic results. We also expect improvements in student motivation, which should lead to fewer dropouts. In addition, the newly finished sanitary water facility should improve the health of these children.

“I would like to thank everyone for their help. We need these classrooms in order for us to become educated adults. We, the children’s council, vow to use and maintain the classrooms in a clean manner.” -Vice-president of children’s council

Many schools in this country lack sufficient classroom space, supplies, and toilet facilities. In the northern areas, around 50% of school-aged children do not attend school. Domangli Primary School Six classrooms that were posing safety and sanitar y hazards due to their dilapidation have been restored, and school supplies provided. Sanitary toilet facilities were also completed. The learning environment has vastly improved, and we expect to see increased motivation from students, and better enrollment rates and academic results.

“We’ve been provided with two-seat desks and chairs. The new desks don’t rattle like the old ones used to, and we can take classes in a comfortable environment.” -Student

“We have proper ceilings now, so we no longer have to deal with leaking roofs or sweltering heat. We can focus more on the lessons.” -Student

Although Ecuador has a nine-year compulsory education system, because of the lack of proper school infrastructure and teacher competency, only around 50% of school children progress to the junior high school level. Arturo Quezada School A new school building providing better comfort and safety was completed, given children a better learning environment. Expectations are high in the local community, and we have already seen higher enrollment rate among first-graders for the new school year.

“I love playing with my classmates and drawing pictures. Our teacher has told us that with the move to the new classroom, we can play more games and learn more new stuff.” -2nd-grade student

Two schools that received donations from the 2008 concert.

*The construction of these two schools were still underway when we compiled this report last year. The construction has since been completed.

Dogoso Primary School The completion of a new fourclassroom school building offering better safet y and comfor t has improved the learning environment for the 617 children who attend this school. We are hoping that the children will be more motivated to attend classes and learn, leading to better enrollment rates and academic results.

GS Pomla Hamayero Primary School The completion of a new three-classroom school building with a library room and the provision of school supplies and teaching materials have improved the learning environment for the 215 children attending this school. Children are more motivated now, and we are already seeing better academic results.

School list

117 schools in 28 countries have been donated from the efforts of the 167 artists who performed in the past ten concerts.

Perma Secondary School (2008)

Burkina Faso
Dargouma Village Elementary School (2001)
Kamsaongho Primary School (2007)

Samrong Primary School (2003), Sandan Primary School (2003)
Angkor Thom Junior High School (2003)
Kantuoth Primary School (2007), Yates Charoka Primary School (2011)

GS Pomla Hamayero Primary School (2008)
Government School Mughom (2009)

Yanzichuan Village Elementary School (2001)
Sishang Primary School (2002), Chuan He Primary School (2002) *1
Shenjiawan Primary School (2002), Liujjiawa Village School (2002)
Shiziyan Village School (2002), Gaoqiao Primary School (2004)
Han Village Primary School (2004), Xuxipan Primary School (2004)
Dong Lian Primary School (2005), Kang Le Primary School (2005)
Zhan Ma Yan Primary School (2006), Namcun Junior High School (2006)
Xi Cao Primary School (2007), Gaoba Primary School (2007)

Saladillo Primary School (2009) *2

East Timor
Cotolau Primary School (2004), Balibar Primary School (2004)

Arturo Quezada School (2009), Alfredo Baquerizo Moreno Elementary School (2011)

Dogoso Primary School (2008), Lemlem Primary & Junior Secondary School (2008)

Domangli Primary School (2009), Aboase Primary School (2011)

Patzocon Primary School (2009), Pahoj Primary School (2009)
San Miguel Mojon School (2009), Hierba Buena School (2009)
Potrero Grande Primary School (2010), Piedra Parada Primary School (2011)

Ndeleou District Elementary School (2001)
Heremakono District Elementary School (2001)
Waoutoh District Elementary School (2001)
Kango District Elementary School (2001)
Yendenin District Elementary School (2001)
Koindou District Elementary School (2001)

Guinea Bissau
Cambeidare Primary School (2003), Tabanane Primary School (2003)
Salia Primary School (2003), Fa-Mandinga Primary School (2003)

Ganthier School (2010)

Tuju Primary School (2004), Ndhere Primary School (2004)
Dagamoyo Primary School (2004), Naya Primary School (2007)

Kadweya School (2002), Kaswadongo Junior Primary School (2002)
Mkanda Full Primary School (2005)

Zougoumé Primary School (2010)

Janta Primary School (2005), Ramsita Secondary School (2005)
Shree Rastria Nimna School (2005)
Bhanu Nimn Madhyamik Vidhyalaya School (2006)
Shree Primary School (2006), Shikchha Jyoti Primary School (2011)

Girls Primary School Maira (2002), Girls Secondary School Gah (2002)
Haji hussain Bohrio Primary School (2010)
Lal Mohammad Themaro Primary School (2010)
Qasim khaskheli Primary School (2010)
Ahmed Samo Primary School (2010)
Gul mohammad oplano Primary School (2010)

The Philippines
Sisim-Minanga Elementary School (2001), Minanga Elementary School (2001)
Cag-abaca Elementary School (2006), Palanas High School (2006)
Kawayan Elementary School (2007)
Pedro C. Sese, Sr. Memorial High School (2007)
Balangkayan National High School (2007), Getigo Elementary School (2008)
Lucio O. Arquillano Memorial School (2008) *3
Vienteriales Elementary School (2010), Santa Cruz Elementary School (2010)
Gamot Primary School (2011), Iwayan Elementary School (2011)

Keur Madiabel II Elementary School (2003), Velingara Elementary School (2003)
Sam Ndiaye Primary School (2006), Ndiakhipe Niang School (2006)
Baback Primary School (2010), Peycouck Serere Primary School (2010)
Ndiayene Sirakh Primary School (2011)

Sierra Leone
Church of God School (2004)

Sri Lanka
Netolpitiya M.V. (2003), Chulabhaya M.V. (2003)
Bambaragalayaya K.V. (2003)
Berminiyanwila Primary School (2005), Neolpitiya Primary School (2005)
Ratwatte Tea Plantation School (2006), Balakaduwamuslim School (2006)
Gamunupura Primary School (2007)

Amani Primary School (2008)

Ban Toom Primary School (2006), Wanponkumnamkliang School (2006)
Ban Praipattana School (2007), Ban Tongton School (2008)
Ban Saeprai School (2009), Baan Kaenoi Elementary School (2011)

EPP Pagala Rails G/A Primary School (2005)
EPP Pagala Rails G/B Primary School (2005)
EPP Kazaboua C Primary School (2005)

Tan Long Primary School (2001), Lai Binh Primary School (2008)
Cua Mec Pre-school (2008), Van Han Primary School (2009)
Muc Village Primary School (2011)

Tikondane Primary School (2002)

*1. Formerly “Gaojiawashang Primary School”
*2. Formerly “Juan Esteban Primary School”
*3. Formerly “Talisay Elementary School”

*The years in parentheses refer to the year that the concert was held.
*This includes schools that were constructed, renovated or added on to, as well as construction or renovation of kindergartens, dorms, school libraries, and cafeteria

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March 12, 2012