Abu Dhabi: Abu Dhabi is set to host the World Conference on Culture and Arts Education from February 13-15, 2024. Over 190 global education and culture ministers will convene at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre for a three-day event to discuss a global framework for culture and arts education.
The UNESCO World Conference on Culture and Arts Education will facilitate the adoption of a Framework on Culture and Arts Education among member states, policymakers, and UN agencies.
The conference builds on the 2006 Lisbon Conference’s UNESCO Roadmap for Arts Education and the 2010 Seoul Conference’s Seoul Agenda for Arts Education Development.
The conference will convene delegates to share experiences and offer recommendations for integrating culture into education through integrated policies and creative practices.
HE Salem bin Khalid Al Qassimi, Minister of Culture for the UAE, said that, “We have established a central force in the UAE to enhance knowledge exchange and promote understanding across cultures. Our dedication lies in facilitating crucial dialogues and providing assistance in fostering the cultural scene and arts education. Through our strong collaboration with UNESCO, we are confident that the outcomes of this gathering will lead to the implementation of a comprehensive cultural and arts education framework, ensuring its widespread adoption.”
The program of the conference will discuss seven themes: equitable access to culture and arts education; quality and relevant lifelong and life-wide learning in and through cultural diversity; skills to shape resilient, just, and sustainable futures; institutionalization and valorization of culture and arts education ecosystems; culture and arts education through digital technologies and artificial intelligence; partnerships and financing in support of culture and arts education; and monitoring, researching and data.
DCT Abu Dhabi promotes cultural education and art and culture through resources, residency programs, and outreach initiatives, safeguarding cultural heritage and fostering creative industries.
DCT Abu Dhabi offers annual training programs for educators, focuses on equitable access, and establishes cultural institutions and museums for public engagement. The conference agenda includes events, performances, and interactive exhibitions showcasing UAE’s cultural heritage for delegates.