Performance during the First Conference in Lisbon

Drum performance during the First Conference in Lisbon, 2006. © UNESCO

In particular, the Conference will set out to achieve feasible results by addressing the following four main themes, namely: Advocacy for arts education stressing the importance of cultural diversity in arts education and sustainable development, the Impact of Arts Education, Strategies for Promoting Arts Education Policies, and Teachers’ Training.

Through Advocacy, the Conference shall stress the value of cultural and artistic creativity as well as the important role of arts education in the post-industrial economy. Advocacy should further focus on themes related to the global context in which we are living and its need for, as well as learning in and through the arts.

Through the Impact of Arts Education, the Conference should present research on those aspects of artistic education such as, best practices, case studies, and assessments in the field of arts education, which have a special impact on social cohesion and respect for cultural diversity, non-violence, cultural heritage appreciation, improve learning achievement, conflict resolution, team work, creative thinking and artistic creativity.

Through Strategies for Promoting Arts Education Policies, the Conference shall build on the need to narrow the gap between planned policies and delivery in Arts Education. The major goal being, to define the role of arts education as an instrument to prepare the child to take his/her place in a globalized environment without loosing his/her identity, and to link arts education efforts to UNESCO’s Quality Education for All.

Through Teachers’ Training in the domain of arts education, the Conference should reinforce a need for basic art teaching qualifications to teach arts subjects. Utmost attention should also be given to the initial and in-job training of teachers in different art disciplines, to ensure that pedagogical practices taught to teachers take into account the creative aspects of the arts. It should further define and consider the role of community practitioners and artists in the educational process.

The Conference will place special emphasis on regional and international cooperation in order to create a world synergy on the importance of the arts and culture in children’s general education.

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