Priorities of Arts Education in Uzbekistan

UNESCO's main strategy is based on the principles of the Road Map for Art Education ", elaborated and adopted at the First UNESCO World Conference on Art Education, held in Lisbon in 2006. This project is aimed at the improving of the system of art education in various countries around the world as a fundamental factor in sustainable social and cultural development. 

Outcomes and results of the second UNESCO's World Conference on Arts Education, held in May2010 in Seoul were also taken into account during the preparation of this report. Relevance of the project is reflected in the provisions and principles of UNESCO's basic document -"Road Map for Art Education”, which emphasizes the idea of the role of Art Education as one of the most important and effective factor to improve the creative capacity of an individual, to improve humanization of social relations, help the formation of cultural identity and social tolerance. T

The analysis of the Questionnaire on the implementation of the Road Map of Art Education has shown that the Road Map benefited our country by making our society recognize the importance of Art Education. Poor awareness of people concerned, i.e. teachers, professional cultural workers, artists and others is the main factor that prevents a fast progress in the field of Art Education. There are no Road Map projects in Uzbekistan at the moment; however, the existing Art Education programs do completely fit into Road Map's criteria. 

Almost all traditional forms of art, except cinema and theater (which are taught mainly in extracurricular activities) are included in the Curricula of both Primary and Secondary schools. The principle of the "Education Through Art" is very important in the process of improving Art Education system in Uzbekistan. This principle has not been practiced much in Uzbekistan, although there is some positive experience in the right direction. International experience in this field is very important. During the policy-making process in Art Education, it is important to consider not only the immanent, internal laws of its development as some training system for arts and crafts skills, but also as a significant component in the process of social progress. It is particularly crucial for our country, which embarked the modernization of all sectors and segments of the economic and social life.