15.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Moscow

The Second Regional Expert Meeting on Arts Education within the UNESCO/IFESCCO project will be conducted in Minsk, Belarus

The Second Regional Expert Meeting with international participation “Issues and Prospects of Arts Education and Education through Art in CIS countries: Building Creative Capacities for XXI Century” dedicated to the celebration of the International Arts Education Week (4th week of May) will be held on 23-26 May 2013 in Minsk, the Republic of Belarus under the second stage of the UNESCO/IFESCCO Pilot Project “Arts Education in CIS Countries: Building Creative Capacities for 21st Century” (2009-2014). The Regional Expert Meeting is preparing for conduction by the Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts in partnership with the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus and in cooperation with the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office and the UNESCO Office in Tashkent.


Leading specialists in the field of arts education from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine 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) invited to take part in this meeting.

The Second Regional Expert Meeting will be arranged with a view to promote achieved results in regard to the cultural policy development with consideration of international documents, including the UNESCO “Road Map for Arts Education” and the “Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education” with a special emphasis on the follow-up of Recommendations developed under the second stage of the UNESCO/IFESCCO pilot project on Arts Education in the CIS countries.

The Meeting aimed at reinforcing professional partnerships and networking of the involved countries for the capacity-building in the fields of arts education and education through arts, in particular  focusing on implementation of the  “Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education” (adopted at the 2nd World Conference on Arts Education in May 2010) and with consideration of the Concept of Education in the Field of Culture and Arts of the CIS Member States and the Recommendations on Legislative Provision of the Development of Arts Education in the CIS Member States (adopted at the 34 Plenary Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States on 7 April 2010).

The Second Regional expert meeting on Arts Education in CIS countries will be also focused on the elaboration of the Plan of Actions on partnerships with consideration of national strategies of CIS countries on the development of arts education and education through arts, in particular through ensuring further development and long-term sustainability of the bilingual Russian/English informative resource “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.

The expected results of the Second Expert Meeting on Arts Education in the CIS countries will contribute to:

  • Strengthen the international cooperation at professional and governmental level with the aim to join the efforts to work out new strategy for the development of arts education and education through arts in CIS Member States with consideration of international experience and the UNESCO Seoul Agenda;
  • Increase the role of arts education in the development of the international dialogue and the encouragement of the cultural diversity;
  • Promote the implementation of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001) and the Convention on the Protection and the Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).

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