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The Second World Conference on Arts Education


Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education
         
Revised version 24 May 2010



      

◆From the Road Map to Arts Education Development Goals


Drawn up on the basis of deliberations undertaken during the First World Conference on Arts Educatlon (6-9 March 2006,Lisbon,Portugal),the“Road Map for Arts Education”was produced and distributed to different countries encouraging its implementation at national level. 
The Road Map is especially designed to promote a common understanding among all stakeholders of the essential role of arts education and to develop a consensus on the importance of arts education by providing policy-guiding recommendations implementing arts educatlon.

The impact and the effectiveness of the Road Map has since been verified through the survey that was conducted by UNESCO on its implementation at country level,whlch results will be presented at the Second World Conference on Arts Education(25-28 May 2010, Seoul,Repubic of Korea).

The Second World Conference on Arts Education is ever committed to building a foundation for renewed global discussions and critical perspectives on arts education,outlining changes and opportunities needed for continously evolving societies. ln order to respond to these concrete transformations and requirements of current and future societies,arts education should first reflect on the main development challenges it faces.

lf the Road Map has played its role in introducing a common ground of understanding on arts education,consequent expectations from the international community would be to have a solid plan, which communicates a clear vision to further examine the state-of-the-art of arts education and to explore its prospective challenges. The proposed Development Goals of/for Arts Education represent such visionary aims,which are expected to serve as practical benchmarks for future decisions and concrete strategies for actions in this field.

As the Second World Conference will not be a repetition of the FIrst,the Development Goals will not be a duplication of the Road Map. However,as opposed to denying the effects and the legacy of the Road Map,it will revitalize the results that the Road Map has achieved in sharing its policy-guiding objective and confirm its standpoint underlining the importance of arts education for building a creative and culturally aware society.

At the same time,the Development Goals will,in recognizing the need to assist all forces of society more actively in the common goal of building balanced individuals and integrated societies,serve as a point of departure to more concrete actions and as a reference to what long term development objectives arts education should aim at. lt will primarily address to the international community the significance of active engagement and serious commitment to arts education development and, therefore,is presented as an action-oriented document that mobilizes the arts education community to plan the future and pursue action.

The Development Goals will be established as an agreed set of goals (during the Second World Conference)after identifylng priorities for action,which can be achieved through the global partnership and ongoing commitment of the international arts education community. UNESCO will recommend to its Member States as well as its partners and communities to accept the goals when elaborating strategies and implementing quality arts education throughout various environments.


The first version of the current paper providing the initial reflection of these goals was drafted with reference to the discussions held during the lnternational Advisory Committee(IAC)Meeting that took place in July 2009 at UNESCO Headquarters to prepare the Second World Conference. lt was submitted to the members of the same Committee for further consultation.



A second version taking into account the comments and proposals received
from the members of the lAC was finalized during a meeting on the
24th 

of May 2010,with a view to being presented at the opening of the Conference as a main tool for exchanges.

The starting point of consideration for the Development Goals corresponds to the following issues that have been chiefly raised as global challenges for the development of arts education:

  − Inclusion
  − Balance and Equity
  − Networking
  − Sustainability
  − Cultural diversity

Along with such actions to bear in mind:
  − Advocacy and policy support
  − Partnership and Cooperation
  − Capacity building Research and evaluation

Some general considerations encompassing the Goals were put forward by the members and may constitute the main elements of a preamble:

 - Define and promote arts education as the foundation of a new paradigm of education
 - Stress the importance of socio-cultural approaches and values
 - Reintegrate the pedagogical and socio-economic importance of culture
 - Encourage interdisciplinary practices in arts education
 - Establish links between formal, informal and community education
 - Articulate efforts from civil society,governments and high level training institutions for reinforcing arts education
 - Consider regional and local specificities
 - Take into account creative and innovative technologies,a powerful advocacy tool for arts education

As well as two concrete proposals:
 - Establish international research networks to promote the sustainability of arts education
 - Elaborate an international guide for arts education advocacy



Finally, the following main lines are proposed for the Goals. They are complemented with some targets as requested by the lAC members:

1. Affirm arts education as the foundation of a balanced cognitive, emotional, aesthetic and social development of children and youth

Targets:
  i)Give access to comprehensive and balanced studies in the arts to all
       students at all levels of schooling as part of a broad education
  ii)Include the creative qualities of arts experiences in lesson plans
  iii)Develop systems of quality evaluation in order to ensure balanced
       development

2. Strengthen arts education, including the experience of the arts and collaboration with artists within and between in‐school and out‐of-school
education
 

Targets:
  i)Treat arts at various school levels differently,for example arts as
self-expression,arts as a way to knowledge,arts as a discipline,etc. 
 Furthermore,develop arts education within schools in collaboration with out-of-school training programmes and with the participation of artists.
  ii)Develop skills and places for arts education outside schools in relation
       to school activities
  iii)Actively involve parents and communities

3. Empower teaching and artist communities with sustainable arts education training

Targets:
  i)Establish sustainable training mechanisms
  ii)Integrate artistic language within pre-service teacher education and the professional development of practicing teachers
  iii)Develop systems of quality monitoring such as supervision and mentors  in order to ensure its implementation

4. Promote and foster lifelong learning in, about and through arts education

Targets:
 i)Offer positive experiences and good lifelong relations to arts
 ii)Promote lifelong learning of quality arts education to enhance the    cultural life of people

5. Recognize and develop the socio‐cultural well-being dimensions of arts  
education

Targets:
 i)Recognize the value of a full range of traditional and contemporary arts
    experiences
 ii)Integrate socio-cultural well-being into the various forms of arts
    education training
 iii)Cultivate the socio-cultural therapeutic and health dimensions of arts
    education

6. Support and enhance the role of arts education in the promotion of
social responsibility, social cohesion, cultura diversity and intercultural
dialogue      

Targets:
  i) Prioritize the experience and inclusion of the learner-specific context
  ii)Provide access to better knowledge and understanding of diverse        cultural and artistic expressions
  iii)Develop multicultural arts education with the necessary support of        teacher training,pedagogy, equipment and teaching materials


7. Foster capabilities through arts education to respond to maior global
challenges, from peace to sustainability


Targets:
  i)Increase mobility of students and teachers in encounters with different       cultures
  ii)Enlarge global dimensions in the curriculum of arts education
  iii)Reinforce the impact of the arts in quality education,in favor of       democracy, global citizenship and cultural diversity

8. Build capacities for arts educatin leadership, advocacy and policy
development processes    

Targets:
  i)Build practitioners and researchers' capacities for arts education       advocacy and policy reform
  ii)Develop the individual and social role of arts as ways of sensitization
      and motivation
  iii)Reinforce relations between the media and arts education and establish an appropriate language for communication

9. Develop diverse arts education partnerships among various
stakeholders and sectors, from culture to industry


Targets:
  i)Build partnerships within and beyond governments,educational and       cultural sectors,communities and cultural industries that will       strengthen the role of arts education in society
  ii)Coordinate the efforts of civil society organizations, governments and higher education institutions to strengthen principles,policies and actions of arts education
  iii)Promote multilateral cooperation between education,culture and communication sectors,notably through foundations and industries.

10. Stimulate dialogue and exchange between theory, research and practice in arts education


Targets:
  i)Support arts research globally and link research and practice in arts        education
  ii)Systemize and promote arts education practices through clearing houses or bodies such as observatories
  iii)Consolidate the quality of evidence of the impact of arts education




10 Development Goals in Seoul


Following the success of the Second World Conference on Arts Education (Seoul, 2010), the UNESCO’s General Conference at its 36th session in 2011 proclaimed the 4th week of May as the International Arts Education Week.
The week of 21-27 May 2012 marks this year's International Arts Education Week.













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