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UNESCO convened the highly anticipated World Conference on Culture and Arts Education from 13 to 15 February 2024. The prestigious event was held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) and served as a platform for Culture and Education Ministers from across the globe to come together and adopt a groundbreaking UNESCO Framework for Culture and Arts Education.
The World Conference aimed to foster collaboration among relevant UN agencies, intergovernmental organisations, and UNESCO networks and partners in the field of culture and education. By facilitating the exchange of best practices and innovative ideas, the conference sought to establish a robust global alliance for culture and arts education.
The development of the UNESCO Framework for Culture and Arts Education built upon the Road Map for Arts Education and the Seoul Agenda: Goals for Arts Education. This comprehensive framework was shaped through an inclusive and participatory preparatory process, incorporating valuable contributions from UNESCO Member States and a diverse range of stakeholders.
Once officially adopted, the Framework will serve as a vital tool for Member States to formulate integrated strategies and policies that prioritise the cultural dimension within educational systems. It will empower nations to invest in the development of skills and competencies, particularly through culture and arts, in response to contemporary needs and opportunities.
The World Conference on Culture and Arts Education was a milestone event that shaped the future of education and cultural development on a global scale. As government officials, educators, and experts gathered in Abu Dhabi, they collectively charted a course towards a more holistic and inclusive approach to education, one that harnessed the power of culture and the arts to nurture the talents and abilities of individuals worldwide.
The conference fostered a dynamic and collaborative environment, offering a platform for fruitful discussions, knowledge sharing, and networking opportunities among international delegates. By leveraging collective expertise and resources, the global community paved the way for a transformative shift in education, ensuring that cultural and artistic dimensions were integral to the learning experiences of future generations.
As the World Conference on Culture and Arts Education concluded on 15th February 2024, stakeholders worldwide reflected on its impact. With its commitment to inclusivity and innovation, the conference held the promise of reshaping educational paradigms and nurturing a generation of culturally aware, creative, and empowered individuals.