Perspectives in Arts Education in the contexts of the global post - 2015 development agenda

world education forum 2015Currently, the international community led by the United Nations is actively working towards developing the Sustainable Development Goals for the period beyond 2015, taking into consideration the interests of governments, public organizations and citizens.

At this crucial moment, UNESCO calls and assists in full integration of cultural and educational potential to the development programmes.

UNESCO strongly believes that education, culture and development are inseparable notions. The educational process facilitates the transmission of cultural values, knowledge and skills, which form the basis of human potential, creativity and innovation. Education guides and boosts the development, through upbringing spiritually and morally immature persons who tolerate the world’s cultural diversity.

On the World Education Forum, held in Incheon, Republic of Korea in May 2015, with the support of UNESCO, The Incheon Declaration: Education 2030 was adopted. The Declaration calls for governments to provide all with the inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning. The document will form the basis for educational objectives in the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals that will be approved by the UN in September, 2015.

The comment in the Incheon Declaration that quality education fosters creativity emphasizes the importance of developing arts education as an integral part of education and upbringing of fully rounded moral person. The significance of Arts education had been also highlighted during the United Nations General Assembly Thematic Debate “Culture and Sustainable Development in the post-2015 development agenda” (New York, 5th of May, 2014).

The international community, led by the United Nations, had already done the important steps towards strengthening of the role of Arts Education. The World Conferences on Arts Education, held in Lisbon in 2006 and in Seoul in 2010, had defined the important principles of the development of arts education. The Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education, based on the UNESCO Road Map for Arts Education, serves as concrete plan of actions, within a structure of three broad goals, each accompanied by a number of practical strategies and specific action items:

GOAL 1: Ensure that arts education is accessible as a fundamental and sustainable component of a high quality renewal of education
GOAL 2: Assure that arts education activities and programs are of a high quality in conception and delivery
GOAL 3: Apply arts education principles and practices to contribute to resolving the social and cultural challenges facing today’s world

UNESCO calls upon all States to make concerted efforts towards reaching the full potential of quality education in arts field, in terms of the positive renovation of the educational system. With the potential of humanization of social life and development of the creative and spiritual person, Arts Education should become a necessary element of educational strategies aimed at the achievement of sustainable development, peace and intercultural dialogue.