Final Results: From
Wildbad Kreuth 2013 to Banff 2016
Roadmap for INRAE
Arts Education, “Education for Sustainable Development”
and “Education for All!: Linking
the Seoul Agenda to the major
programs of UNESCO
One of the main results of Polylogue II
was the conviction, that there is a pressing need to relate our work to the
major programs of UNESCO. This is
particularly important because the goals of the
Seoul Agenda are directly related to
the goals of such initiatives as
Education for Sustainable Development
Education for All.
The Seoul Agenda identifies arts education as a “fundamental and
sustainable component of a high quality renewal of education.”
When seen as a catalyst for the improvement of teaching and learning in
formal, informal and non-formal education, arts education has a direct role to
play in pursuit of the goals of both UNESCO initiatives.
Seoul Agenda assigns a critical role
to arts education in the improvement of educational systems, it is essential
that strong links be forged between the researchers in arts education and these
two UNESCO initiatives. Also,
because of the centrality of UNESCO Chairs and Observatories in the
establishment and operation of INRAE, it is logical that INRAE take steps to
build bridges between arts education and these initiatives.
In the course of the next two years, excellent opportunities will be
available through which this goal can be achieved:
UNESCO and the Government of
Japan will hold the UNESCO World Conference on
Education for Sustainable Development - Learning Today for a Sustainable
Future (10-12 November, 2014). It is
essential that the instrumental strategies of the
Seoul Agenda be considered as
recommendations for future strategies are developed.
INRAE has a responsibility to see that these strategies are discussed in
this context. With this in mind,
the INRAE steering committee will appoint a small working committee to prepare a
report detailing specific examples of arts education project work that advance
the goals of Education for Sustainable Development for presentation at the World
Conference in 2014.
Then, in 2015, UNESCO and the
government of the Republic of Korea will hold a World Conference on
Education for All (EFA).
Again, the presence of INRAE is essential to ensure that the potential of arts
education is fully taken into account as plans to extend the mandate of
Education for All beyond the 2015 target date are made.
It will be possible for INRAE to make a substantial contribution to this
Conference and it is proposed that a white paper be collaboratively prepared by
INRAE for this purpose. This paper
will address a number of pressing questions including the following.
How can arts education help
achieve the goals of Education for All.
Of particular interest is the contribution arts education can make to the
recently released proposal from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (2013) that
a greater emphasis be placed on quality of education in the post-2015 mandate.
How do the EFA goals influence
the field of arts education? This is a largely unexplored area that should be
introduced into the discourse.
How can the linkages between
the Seoul Agenda and EFA be articulated in specific detail?
Can we use the work on AEDI
(Arts Education Development Index – INRAE’s own project, presented by Susanne
Keuchel in Wildbad Kreuth) for this purpose?
These proposals are fully in keeping
with the current mandate of INRAE which involves promoting understanding of the
tenets of the Seoul Agenda and
monitoring its implementation.
following action items constitute the “next steps” to be taken in pursuit of
Strike a working committee /
task force to prepare a report for 2014.
Strike a working committee to
prepare a white paper for 2015.
Engage with the UNESCO
Institute for Statistics in the further development of the Arts Education
Development Index (EADI).
Continue planning toward a
World Summit (Polylogue III) proposed for Canada (Banff) in 2016.
Continue advocating for a
third UNESCO World Conference (Finland, 2015/7?)