Expert Meeting on Arts Education in CIS countries
In line with the forthcoming 2nd World Conference on Arts Education, which takes place in Seoul on 25-28 May 2010, the First Regional Expert Meeting was organised in Minsk as a preparation event. It was held within the framework of implementation of the UNESCO and Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (IFESCCO) pilot project “Arts Education in CIS countries: Building Creative Capacities for 21st Century”.
The meeting was organised by the UNESCO Moscow Cluster Office with IFESCCO in cooperation with the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office and the UNESCO Office in Tashkent and in partnership with the National Institute of Arts Education of the Republic of Belarus under the consultative support of the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus.
Leading specialists in the field of arts education from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan along with international experts and representatives from UNESCO, IFESCCO, International Society of Education through Art (InSEA) and the World Alliance for Arts Education (WAAE) took part in this meeting.
The aim of the First Regional Expert Meeting was thorough discussion of partnership cooperation within project implementation and elaboration of the Guide for conduction of national case studies regarding issues and development trends of arts education in CIS countries based on the UNESCO documents, including UNESCO Conventions and recommendations of the World Conferences on Arts Education as well as the “Road Map for Arts Education” and Questionnaire on the implementation of the Road Map for Arts Education.
Mr Kazimir Faryno, Deputy Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus opened the Meeting with his welcoming address, highlighting the importance of developing the system of arts education in CIS countries. It was followed by the welcoming speeches from Mr Uladzimir Schastny, the Chairman of the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO and Ms Liubava Moreva, the Programme Specialist for Culture in the UNESCO Moscow Office who has presented the detailed information on the above mentioned problem and the greeting address by Ms Galia Saouma-Forero, Director of the Division of Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries, UNESCO’s Culture Sector.
During the Meeting the National Institute of Education of the Republic of Belarus presented the results of the conducted studies on the current state of arts education in the Republic of Belarus and the concept analytical paper “Arts Education in Belarus: Issues and Prospects for Building Creative Capacities for 21st Century” including the recommendations on the improvement of the national system of arts education. The issues of concept elaboration and future development of “Web-Observatory of Arts Education in CIS countries” as well as preparation for participation in the forthcoming 2nd World Conference on Arts Education (25-28 May 2010, Seoul, Republic of Korea) were also discussed during the First Regional Expert Meeting.
Second World Conference on Arts Education
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