Results of the first stage of the UNESCO/IFESCCO project on arts education
First stage of the Pilot Project “Arts Education in CIS countries: Building Creative Capacities for 21st Century” has been successfully implemented by the UNESCO Moscow Office in partnership with the Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (IFESCCO).
During 2009-2010 a number of activities, aimed at the improvement of cultural and educational policies in the field of arts education, as well as enhancing the interaction between the Ministries of Culture and the Ministries of Education of the CIS Member States were carried out in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
UNESCO basic documents on arts education, including the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, UNESCO Road Map for Arts Education and the Agenda of the Second World Conference on Arts Education (25-28 May 2010, Seoul, Republic of Korea), were in focus of attention.
The Project activities included the conduction of case studies in each of the involved countries with the purpose to systematize and analyze existing systems and main trends of arts education in the CIS and organization of expert meetings with participation of the leading national and international experts in the field.
As a result of conducted analytical studies conducted within the frames of the Project with involvement of the leading experts on arts education and the representatives of the Ministries of Culture and Ministries of Education of the involved countries, National Analytical Reports on Arts Education were prepared in electronic version by each of the nine countries.
10 experts representing all the countries targeted in the Pilot Project took part in the Second World Conference on Arts Education with the aim to enhance representation of the CIS countries in the international arts education community.
On the basis of the studies and the results of such events as the First Regional Expert Meeting on Arts Education in CIS countries (18-20 February 2010, Minsk, Belarus) and Second World Conference on Arts Education, relevant recommendations were elaborated in order to integrate international standards into national educational programmes.
The second stage of the Pilot Project is to be launched in 2011 and will include development of a bilingual Russian/ English Observatory on Arts education in CIS countries within the UNESCO Network on Arts Education, comprising key information on arts education and education through arts in the region.
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