ECO SCHOOL OF MUSIC FOR YOUTH
The Rapa Nui School of Music and the Arts gives FREE classes to more than 100 local students per year. They provide instruction in classical areas including piano, violin, cello, orchestra, and ear training; and in more traditional areas such as ukulele and Re o Riu (ancestral song). They are the first 100% self-sustainable music school in Latin American and Oceania.
Most food items are brought from continental Chile at a high cost. To counter this, Toki has developed an Agricultural Program on a 1.5 hectare piece of land that they sow using both ancestral farming techniques and the help of state of the art technology. They grow traditional crops and others intended for mass consumption, which are then sold on the island as a means of creating income for the school, with some crops donated to feed community elders.
Toki is working to rescue the Rapanui language and cultural traditions. Their workshops encourage children and adolescents to engage with the spoken word traditional Rapani activities: ukulele, re’o riu (ancestral song), takona (body painting using ancestral technique, ori (Rapanui dance), hoko (ancestral dance) and maramarama tupuna workshops.