UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

Save Arts Education on the UNESCO Agenda

In July 2013, the Executive Board of UNESCO adopted priority rankings for its five major programs (Education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, Culture, and Communication and Information) along with a recommendation that the lowest priorities be considered for elimination. Within these rankings, the Cultural program fared poorly, and the sub-category of Creativity program was effectively ranked the last amongst UNESCO’s list of priorities.  This means that it, including arts education are at risk of elimination. 

To advocate for arts education on the UNESCO Agenda, CARE has invited arts educators to speak about why arts education is important for everyone. Check out the videos on the face book page at: https://www.facebook.com/saveArtsEducationOnUnescoAgenda?fref=ts

Charlene Rajendran, Assistant Professor, Visual & Performing Arts Academic Group,
National Institute of Education, Singapore

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11 April 2014 - 30 May 2014

Dates: 11 April, 16 May & 30 May (Fridays)

Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

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This research project is an in-depth qualitative study that aims to add to nascent local research literature investigating the nature of arts teaching in schools. Through 18 case studies of community nominated 'outstanding' arts educators in dance, drama, music, and visual arts, the study

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  • We have added a new link to our resource page on the TILE Approach: Enhancing student engagement across higher education! The link offers free tools and strategies for arts students and student teachers to prepare for complex and changing work environments after graduation. The approach encourages students to perceive relevance in their learning to their future study and work, and was presented by Dawn Bennett at our CARE forum. To learn more about the forum, click here. Or check out the Tile Approach in our resource page here
  • We are proud to announce that Contextualized Practices in Arts Education from the Springer Education Innovation Series and edited by Dr Lum Chee Hoo, is now available in hardcopy and eBook formats on Springer and Amazon!
  • This edited book not only makes a much-needed contribution to research in arts education but also provides a strong grounding of evidential support for Singapore arts education, in contrast to the current state of affairs in arts education in many parts of the world where severe cuts in funding, lackluster support for the arts and imperialist agendas are pervasive. The case of and for Singapore – presented in this edited book through rich descriptions of the dedicated, contextualized practices of arts educators, artists and researchers – offers readers many valuable lessons and reflections on the continued survival and advancement of arts education.

The UNESCO Seoul Agenda

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

The Seoul Agenda calls upon UNESCO Member States, civil society, professional organizations and communities to recognize 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.

The full document in English is available here.