PULSE 5 is coming to an end

The fifth year of PULSE- Stronger Together is moving towards an end. There are only 3 weeks left of the exchange period. During this last year, the PULSE team in South Africa has visited almost all of the different bands in Field Band Foundation (FBF) together with Field Band Education (FBE) with the model Educational Band Visit. There are now only 4 bands left to visit during this round of EBV, these visits are scheduled and will happen with FBE, the Peer Educators and the new PULSE team (PULSE6).


Doing activities with the team in Sterkstroom

The model “Educational Band Visit” was created as a way to keep up-skilling the staff with the FBE and PULSE curriculum after the Field Band Academy was closed. The question is; is it really helping the staff, and will there be evidence of improvement of the skills and knowledge in the tutor teams? PULSE and FBE developed and distributed a knowledge and skills assessment that all tutors, BCs, POs and SOs did before the second round of Educational Band Visit started. The results from this assessment were helpful when deciding the set up and content for the band visits. The plan is to distribute the same knowledge and skills assessment after all bands have been visited. The results will be analysed as pre- and post-assessments and the results from the two will be compared. This will show if the model of Educational Band Visit is the way forward. The result will also help analysing the needs for a new round of band visits.


The last weeks of PULSE 5 are spent with finalising the scheduled tasks and goals, and make plans on how to transfer the knowledge to the next PULSE participants. It is important that the knowledge will be passed on in a comprehensible manner.

Here are some pictures of all the teams PULSE 5 has visited during the round 2 of Educational Band Visit. Change Agent Action Plan is something all teams make at the end of the Educational Band Visit. Every tutor write down one topic from the curriculum they have been taught throughout the week that they will focus extra on.

Written by: Hanna Bakke Negård

Pictures by: PULSE team

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Activity Guide

The Activity Guide is a collaboration project with Oslo Sports Circle. The project is a pilot in NMF Øst and will also be tested in NMF Hordaland from August 2018. The Activity Guide will assist children and young people into an organised leisure activity. On 24 August 2018, The Activity Guide was published for the first time in Bergen.

During the launch of the activity guide, four employees from NMF, two PULSE members and seven participants attended. In Oslo, five NMF employees, two PULSE members, three Oslo Sports Circle leaders and 14 participants attended.The PULSE team contributed with the planning of this workshop, and it lasted for two days. The main role for PULSE was to run and test new activities from their activity library because they will use the activities in all their planned workshops and sessions. PULSE will be working hand in hand with this project to take the concept of inclusion to a higher level. We would like to see improvement in numbers of children and youth from linguistic minorities participating in recreational activities. The relationship between PULSE and Oslo Sport Circle will hopefully contribute towards equality regarding this particular group of youth, and this will make them to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance.

Great minds think alike, and the relationship between PULSE and Oslo Sports Circle will create amazing opportunities for linguistic minorities in Norway. We hope this will bring people together and contribute to social inclusion. We are looking forward to seeing the results of this project.

Written by: Denis Mashabane and Masibulele Langa

Photos by: PULSE team and Anne Oksfjellelv

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Lifeskills Through Music and Dance

Field Band Foundation (FBF) has since its beginning had the vision of teaching lifeskills through the medium of music and dance, and is all about developing young people from disadvantaged areas in South Africa. Through music and movement, members take part in positive, joyful and affirming activities that teach them lifeskills and develop their imagination, team spirit and self-discipline. The lifeskills are closely linked up to the values of FBF. The values are Honesty, Empathy, Self-belief, Diversity, Excellence, Discipline, Respect, Equality and Integrity.

Field band foundations “Theory of Change” impact:

“Empowered, healthy, and self-confident young people able to contribute to a vibrant society”

This is the lifeskills curriculum in 2018:lifeskills curriculum

Lifeskills have always been a big part of the FBF. The improvements for this year is that there has been developed a year plan with an overview of which lifeskills topics that should be covered in which month. All the bands have to follow this plan, and the POs are in charge of reporting on the progress in their monthly reports. PULSE is in charge of monitoring this process and to give feedback on what was good, and how it can be improved. All the bands are scored on how well they did and reported on the lifeskills sessions, and this score is added to the monthly scorecard. The monthly report and scorecard is a way for the FBF head office to monitor that all band are on top of everything that needs to be done. The bands that do well are rewarded. There are different sections bands are scored at, such as Social development, stakeholder engagement, monitoring and evaluation, information management and education. The lifeskills part, which PULSE is monitoring falls under the education category. At the end of the year, all bands are scored based on their performances at the educational band visits conducted in the different bands.

Lifeskills session in Blouberg Field Band

Awareness and knowledge about HIV and Aids has been a part of the FBF lifeskills curriculum for a long time. As mention in a previous blog post, FBF has received funding to make this an even bigger priority, read more about that here. PULSE has developed a set of HIV and Aids awareness activities that many of the bands are following. The PO report has its own section where they report about the HIV and Aids activities that has been conducted in the bands each month. In addition to reporting about how they did the activities, PULSE is also hoping to get feedback from the teams on how they could have done the activities differently, or if they have any suggestions of improvements.

The activities are covering many different topics about HIV and Aids, such as the importance of using condoms, how HIV is transmitted, what you can do to prevent getting transmitted, stigma, ARVs etc.

Here is an example of an activity they are doing in the bands:

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Written by and pictures by: Hanna Bakke Negård

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Music Makes a Difference

Exchange between The Norwegian Band Federation (NMF) and Field Band Foundation (FBF) has been on-going for many years. The first project, Band Crossing Borders (BCB), was initiated in 1999, and the aim of the project was to introduce the South African perspective of using music in lifeskills and social development, and to help create awareness of North-South issues amongst band members and Norwegians in general. BCB closed in 2013 and the same year, “PULSE – Stronger together” was introduced with the main goal to increase and share practical knowledge about the correlation between music, health and social inclusion. Both these projects have received funding and PULSE is still receiving funding from Fredskorpset (FK-Norway).

From 2003 – 2016, Toneheim Folk High School in Norway has been a co-partner of these two projects, by hosting the BCB and PULSE participants from South Africa as students at the school. The folk high school movement has a tradition of lifelong learning, endorsing equality and democracy as core values, and the partnership between NMF and FBF was viewed as a practical manifestation of these important principles. From 2016, the South African PULSE participants were no longer placed at Toneheim, as the demands of the next phase of the project required that they would be situated in Oslo and Bergen at the NMF offices.


MMD participants Penny Mokgobu and Katlego Moholwane

The presence of the South Africans from FBF at Toneheim was positive in a lot of different ways. It helped with social and musical development, diversity and global citizenship, both for Norwegian students and the South Africans attending the programme. This is why Toneheim proposed a new partnership between themselves and FBF to continue this relationship. Toneheim has worked hard to collect funding for this, and has now become a reality. The project is called “Music Makes a Difference” (MMD). The first round of MMD will begin in August this year, and will last the whole school year. After the school year, the participants will come back to FBF and share the skills and knowledge they will obtain with their fellow tutors and members in the organisation.

The participants from FBF attending the programme this year are Katlego Moholwane and Penny Mokgobu. They will travel to Norway later this moth to attend Toneheim. A couple of weeks ago, Penny and Katlego attended a two-day workshop at the FBF head office as part of their preparations for the programme. Lisa and Hanna together with Education Team Leader Eva conducted one of the workshop days where they talked about Toneheim, Norwegian culture, expectations and more. They even learned some Norwegian phrases.

PULSE wishes Penny and Katlego good luck. Enjoy Toneheim and Norway!


Written by: Hanna Bakke Negård

Photos by: Eva Bortne and Hanna Bakke Negård

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SommerPULSE in Molde

This week, more than 50 kids attended SommerPULSE in Molde. SommerPULSE is a part of the concept “FeriePULSE” (VacationPULSE), where VinterPULSE is in the winter holiday and SommerPULSE is the summer holiday. You can read more about VinterPULSE 2018 here.

School holidays can be a challenging time for children and parents who for various reasons do not have the opportunity to go on holiday, they fall outside or are excluded from activities which might be too expensive. FeriePULSE, sponsored by Kavlifondet, is free of charge, and designed to give children something fun to do in their vacation. Through this project, the children are exposed to music from different cultures with the PULSE team from South Africa in charge of the whole workshop. FeriePULSE is a concept to provide opportunities and fun activities for all children regardless if they are playing in a school band or not. This is the second year SommerPULSE is conducted in Molde.

Written by: Hanna Bakke Negård

Pictures by: PULSE team Norway

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PULSE in Limpopo

Last week PULSE and Field Band Education (FBE) travelled to Limpopo for an Educational Band Visit. Lisa, Marie and Nomkhosi from Education conducted the band visit in Musina.

Hanna, Dineo (FBE) and Sindi who is one of the Peer Educators conducted an Educational Band Visit in Blouberg. In the previous and upcoming band visits the Peer Educators are getting more responsibility and they are becoming more independent. This is important because the goal of the Peer Educator programme is that the PULSE and FBE curriculum will be sustainable in the Field Band Foundation after the PULSE exchange programme is over. Read more about the Peer Educator Programme in an earlier blog post here.


Film by: Lisa Laila Gontarek

Written by: Hanna Bakke Negård

Pictures by: Hanna Bakke Negård

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Summer PULSE Preparations

We are getting very close to Summer PULSE project in Molde which is the last biggest Holidays program in Norway 2018, the project will starts on the 30th of July to 3rd of August 2018, the Pulse team has already started with final preparation and collecting material that will be used in summer PULSE. Summer PULSE it’s basically a holiday Program where our South PULSE participant conduct a workshop which last for the whole week in Norway, teaching children South African music, dance and other activities. This project is also giving the NMF peer educators an opportunity to practice their facilitation and teaching skills throughout the week. Copy of received_10160262118400724  

The PULSE team wants to give their special thanks to Thulani Maluleka for conducting a recruitment drive for Summer PULSE in Molde. As PULSE team we are really looking forward to make this project a home away from home. The numbers of applicants for this holiday project it has really improved from what pulse project use to have before, this is a good indication for the project in terms of measuring the impact Pulse is doing in Norway,The PULSE team says it feels like the day is taking forever to come because they feel more ready and equipped for Summer Pulse.pulse Written by: Chief Zwane

photos by: Dennis and Katja

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