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Dream Power: John Lennon Super Live: Building Schools in Asia & Africa

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The grand finale of the eighth annual concert, held at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan on December 8, 2008. The event drew a crowd of 13,000 who encircled the stage.

Let’s donate schools to the deprived children of Asia and Africa!

Imagine a wave of Dream Power spreading across the world.

2Starting in 2001 in Japan, the Dream Power concerts have now helped build 85 schools in some 22 countries across Asia and Africa. If you stop to think about it, the children who were in first grade when we first started building schools are now in junior high, and those who were in seventh grade have already left school!

I’d like to thank everyone for all the efforts you’ve made to help us over the years.

It makes me so happy to think of the hope and encouragement we are bringing to the children of Asia and Africa through this wave of Dream Power – a force which grows from the artists and audience working together as one. By sharing our dreams in this way, the power of our common dream spreads across the world and slowly changes it.

Let’s come together again this year to play John’s music and widen the circle of Dream Power still further.

A dream you dream alone is only a dream
A dream you dream together is reality

I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Yoko Ono
2009

85 schools in 22 Asian and African countries have been donated through the past eight editions of the Dream Power Concert.

The Dream Power Concert was initiated by Yoko Ono in 2001 as a benefit concert for deprived children, while paying tribute to the music and spirit of John Lennon, an advocate of world peace. Japan’s top musical talent gather each year to perform his songs along with Yoko Ono herself, and the proceeds are used to fund the construction and renovation of schools in Asia and Africa. 85 schools in 22 countries have been donated from the past eight concerts.

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Artists who performed at the 8th Dream Power Concert. The past eight concerts have seen performances by a total of 129 top Japanese artists.

Responding to Yoko’s call, the John Lennon Music Festival Committee was formed by those people in Japan who shared her concerns and admired her and John Lennon’s work. The concert is organized by this committee. The funds for the school construction are donated, out of the concert proceeds, to The Spirit Foundation , an organization founded by John and Yoko. With these funds, Plan, a UN-certified international NGO established in 1937 with the mission to provide aid to children in the developing world, selects the potential benefitting communities and executes the construction work, while also providing aftercare.

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A school donated in the Philippines from the proceeds of the 2007 concert - Kawayan Elementary School

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A school donated in East Timor from the proceeds of the 2004 concert - Balibar Primary School

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A school donated in Vietnam from the proceeds of the 2001 concert - Tan Long Primary School

Why we’ve chosen the school donation as our means of helping

Throughout the world,
113 million children are deprived of schooling,
880 million children cannot read or write, and
263 million children must work to maintain a living.

How can we help to make the world a better place?
Education is vital in instilling the ability to think.

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Many children in developing countries are aware only of the environment they grow up in, and are blind to the possibility that circumstances can be improved. In order to gain an awareness of their own environment, and to change it, it is critical that they are afforded an opportunity to receive an education so that they may learn to read, absorb knowledge, and develop the ability to think. These children are being denied the chance to fulfill their innate potential. It is our belief that education should be equally available to all children who hold the future of our world in their hands and have so many dreams.

Developing countries lack the schooling facilities to provide a satisfactory learning environment.

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School shortage is a serious problem in the developing world. Or a school may exist, but the building might be decrepit and undersized, forcing children into crammed environments. Many schools are also faced with a shortage of teachers, desks and chairs, or textbooks. If this is not addressed, we will see more and more children deprived of even the most basic forms of education.

The building of schools also help in improving safety and energizing the community.

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Upon our visit to a Vietnamese school built through the concert proceeds, we were thanked by locals and learned that the school also serves as a community center, helping to improve safety and inject energy. A donated school may function, for example, as a venue for men and women to discuss community development, or as a means of ensuring children’s safety. In areas with no toilet facilities, its clean lavatories serve the whole community. And above all, these schools will prove their worth by producing future leaders.

Schools that will receive donations from the 2008 concert

THAILAND
Ban Tongton School

The building is not large enough to house the 112 students who currently attend. First-grade classes are held at a wall-less makeshift structure, which are cancelled when bad weather strikes – hardly an environment conducive to learning. e funds will be used to construct a new building.

THE PHILIPPINES
Getigo Elementary School

83 students in the third and fourth grades currently attend classes in this decripit school building, which is in danger of collapsing. However, they have been unable to replace this due to lack of funding. e donation would be used to construct a new building.

Talisay Elementary School
With classrooms lacking, many children are forced to attend class elsewhere, or in undersized classrooms. The donation would be used to construct a new building and supply equipment such as desks and chairs.

VIETNAM
Lai Binh Primary School

Children use classrooms in rotating shifts due to there not being enough rooms, and are also forced to attend school on weekends in order to satisfy the minimum hours requirement. We will construct a new building with additional classrooms and a multi-purpose room.

Cua Mec Pre-school
Sanitary conditions are poor, and children are constantly exposed to the risk of diarrhea, parasites, and eye infections. The donation will fund the construction of a new building complete with new toilet and water facilities.

BENIN
Perma Secondary School

Because of the lack of classrooms, children use them in rotating shifts, and the building itself is in danger of falling down. However, the construction of a new building has been discontinued due to shortage of funds. The donation will be used to do a full renovation of the existing building and resume construction of the new one.

TANZANIA
Amani Primary School

While the enrollment rate has improved among elementary schools here, this has led to an exacerbation of the overcrowding issue at schools. Consequently, first- and second-grade students are forced to travel to a neighboring school to attend class. To address
this, we will construct a new building and furnish supplies.

CAMEROON
GS Pomla Hamayero Primary School

Although the Cameroon government is promoting computer education, many schools in impoverished rural areas cannot afford to implement this, and children there are lagging behind their urban counterparts. The fund will be used to construct a new building and supply equipment such as computers so that the school will be capable of providing such computer education.

ETHIOPIA
Lemlem Primary & Junior Secondary School

The decrepit building and chronic lack of classrooms are leading to a poor learning environment. A new building will be constructed to address this.

Dogoso Primary School
This school, which is attended by 617 students, has no toilet facilities or a faculty room, and there are not enough classrooms, desks, or textbooks. e poor environment is contributing to a low enrollment rate. We will construct a new building and provide supplies.

Schools that received donations from the 2006 concert

THE PHILIPPINES
Schools in the poor rural regions in this country as a whole
have too few classrooms relative to the school population, with
many of their buildings in danger of collapsing.

Cag-abaca Elementary School
Conditions here were dire, with the building at risk of collapsing,
no lighting equipment, a leaking roof, and undersized
classrooms, but students are now able to study much more
comfortably with the completion of a new building. e added
capacity has enabled the school to accept students from three
neighboring villages as well.

Palanas High School
Being the only high school in the region to focus on agricultural
education, recent years saw an increase in the student population,
and they only had two classrooms serving 300 students, forcing
them to hold class outdoors. With the construction of a new
building, all students can now learn in a comfortable classroom
environment.

“Thank you so much for providing such an excellent environment
for our studies. We can now attend class in the rainy season
without getting wet, and there’s enough space for all students so
it’s very comfortable. It’s very clean and I’m proud of our school.”
– 3rd-year student, Palanas High School

THAILAND
Existing schools in rural areas suffer from insufficient
classrooms and facilities, as well as decrepit buildings, but lack
of funds have prevented these problems from being addressed.

Ban Toom Primary School
The increased student population had led to a serious lack of classrooms, but with the completion of a new two story building, containing two multi-purpose rooms on the first floor and three classrooms on the second, all students, including the 58 kindergarteners, have been provided with spacious and comfortable learning environments.

Wanponkumnamkliang School
With the completion of a new four-classroom building, all 120 of the school’s students, including the first- to fourth graders who will be using the new building, now have their own classrooms. We expect that the enhanced environment will lead to improved academic performance.

“I’m happy because the new building has lots of classrooms. The previous building was old, and I didn’t feel safe studying there. Thank you so much for the new building.”
– 3rd-grader, Wanponkumnamkliang School

“I’m so excited that we have a new building, and I’m very happy that we can now take class at new classrooms. Thank you so much.”
– 3rd-grader, Wanponkumnamkliang

SRI LANKA
Ratwatte Tea Plantation School

The situation was such that 200 students of various grade levels simultaneously took class in only two classrooms. The two decrepit buildings have been completely renovated, with an added building for extracurricular activities and new, sanitary water and toilet facilities.

Balakaduwamuslim School
At the request of the local community, the school library has been renovated with books and equipment supplied.

NEPAL
The caste system still exists in this country, and the school donation this year will target communities where a majority of the residents are poor and of lower castes. The school buildings here are generally undersized and old, with insufficient facilities.

Bhanu Nimn Madhyamik Vidhyalaya School
The school’s 570 students were subject to very bad conditions in which the building was in danger of collapse. A new, three-classroom building has been built, greatly improving the learning environment. This has led to increased motivation in the community, and the number of students has doubled.

Shree Primary School
With the construction of a new school building equipped with two classrooms, the 290 students in this school can now attend class in a safe and comfortable environment. They will be receiving funding from the national government for the maintenance costs of the school.

SENEGAL
Existing schools in this country are undersized and do not have enough classrooms, and their makeshift structures expose children to harsh weather conditions. is has undermined their motivation, and the high dropout rate has become a major problem.

Sam Ndiaye Primary School
The poor learning environment made it difficult for many children to continue education, who eventually dropped out. We have constructed a new, two-classroom school building, as well as two toilets, a water facility, and four water faucets. This has enabled students to learn in a comfortable and sanitary environment. We also supplied 42 sets of desks and chairs.

Ndiakhipe Niang School
This school also suffered from insufficient number of classrooms, poor sanitary conditions, and a defective outer wall. We have built a new school building, renovated the toilet facilities, and set up a water facility while supplying 26 sets of desks and chairs. We have also erected a fence to protect children’s safety. The improved environment has allowed children to focus more on schoolwork.

CHINA
There is great economic disparity in China, and much of its inland rural regions are impoverished. Many schools suffer from lack of classrooms and facilities, as well as aged buildings.

Zhan Ma Yan Primary School
The existing building has been completely renovated, and a new three-classroom building has been constructed. In addition, equipment have been supplied and the new water heater and shower rooms should improve sanitary conditions. e outer wall, which was at risk of collapsing, has been repaired, and play equipment have been installed, greatly improving the quality of life at the school.

Namcun Junior High School
Even though the majority of the school’s students are from far away and live in dorms, the aging of the dormitory facilities had been a serious problem. A new dorm was built, equipped with beds, shelves, and lavatories, providing children with a safe and comfortable environment. In addition, we’ve erected a fence surrounding the school grounds as well as a gatehouse.

FULL SCHOOL LIST

85 schools in 22 countries have been donated from the efforts of the 129 artists who performed in the past eight concerts.

Benin
Perma Secondary School(2008)
Burkina Faso
Dargouma Village Elementary School (2001)
Kamsaongho Primary School (2007)
Cambodia
Samrong Primary School (2003)
Sandan Primary School (2003)
Angkor Thom Junior High School (2003)
Kantuoth Primary School (2007)
Cameroon
GS Pomla Hamayero Primary School(2008)
China
Yanzichuan Village Elementary School (2001)
Sishang Primary School (2002)
Gaojiawashang Primary School (2002)
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)
East Timor
Cotolau Primary School (2004)
Balibar Primary School (2004)
Ethiopia
Dogoso Primary School(2008)
Lemlem Primary & Junior Secondary School(2008)
Guinea
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)
Kenya
Tuju Primary School (2004)
Ndhere Primary School (2004)
Dagamoyo Primary School (2004)
Naya Primary School (2007)
Malawi
Kadweya School (2002)
Kaswadongo Junior Primary School (2002)
Mkanda Full Primary School (2005)
Nepal
Janta Primary School (2005)
Ramsita Secondary School (2005)
Shree Rastria Nimna School (2005)
Bhanu Nimn Madhyamik Vidhyalaya School (2006)
Shree Primary School (2006)
Pakistan
Girls Primary School Maira (2002)
Girls Secondary School Gah (2002)
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)
Talisay Elementary School(2008)
Senegal
Keur Madiabel II Elementary School (2003)
Velingara Elementary School (2003)
Sam Ndiaye Primary School (2006)
Ndiakhipe Niang School (2006)
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)
Tanzania
Amani Primary School(2008)
Thailand
Ban Toom Primary School (2006)
Wanponkumnamkliang School (2006)
Ban Praipattana School (2007)
Ban Tongton School(2008)
Togo
EPP Pagala Rails G/A Primary School (2005)
EPP Pagala Rails G/B Primary School (2005)
EPP Kazaboua C Primary School (2005)
Vietnam
Tan Long Primary School (2001)
Lai Binh Primary School(2008)
Cua Mec Pre-school(2008)
Zambia
Tikondane Primary School (2002)

*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 and school libraries.

John Lennon Music Festival Committee
1-20-4 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0031 Japan
Tel: 03-5452-0222
Fax: 03-3485-7511

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