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Keynote speech

As keynote speaker during its music education seminar hosted in cooperation with the German UNESCO Commission, the European Music Council was happy to welcome Ms. Christine Merkel, Head of the Division for Culture and Communication. In her highly inspiring presentation, Ms. Merkel gave a thorough insight into the significant amount fo work which UNESCO has committed to reto the topic of arts education, bringing particular attention to the 2nd UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, which took place in May 2010 in Seoul, Rep. of Korea, of which the major outcome was the Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education.

In her speech Ms. Merkel gave participants a solid introduction to this pivotal document by closely examining the three goals set out in the Agenda and their meaning for the international community, outlining three main points:

  • There is a need for a renewal in the fields of arts education. The education system should ensure that arts education is sustainable and accessible.
  • Aiming at enhancing the quality of arts education and music education respectively first cultural operators have to maintain what "good quality" really means.
  • There is a need to open up politicians’ minds and in general to make society as a whole aware of the interdisciplinary benefits of music education which amongst others enhances creativity and cognitive skills.

You can view Ms. Merkel's entire presentation here.