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The UNESCO Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education

The Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education is a major outcome of UNESCO’s Second World Conference on Arts Education held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, on 25 – 28 May 2010.

The Seoul Agenda calls upon UNESCO Member States, civil society, professional organisations and communities to recognise its governing goals, to employ the proposed strategies, and to implement the action items in a concerted effort to realize the full potential of high quality arts education to positively renew educational systems, to achieve crucial social and cultural objectives, and ultimately to benefit children, youth and life-long learners of all ages.

You can view the full document in English, French and Spanish here.

You may also want to read an article by Anne Bamford, Head of the so called "Engine Room" of the University of the Arts London and Head of the UNESCO research group on "The Wow Factor: Global research compedium on the impact of the arts education", which was published in the latest edition of the EMC's annual magazine "Sounds in Europe". Ms. Bamford's article "Setting the Agenda for cultural change in the 21st Century" serves as an excellent insight into the challenges and opportunities we are faced when attempting to implement the goals set in the Seoul Agenda.

You can view the full article here.