Monitoring UNESCO’s Seoul agenda in practice: Challenges and beginnings

Samuel LEONG

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The Second World Conference on Arts Education held in May 2010 in Seoul, Korea built on the work of the successful First World Conference in Lisbon. As well as reinforcing the many dimensions discussed at the first conference, it enlarged the scope to notably include the socio-cultural dimensions of arts education, embrace the diversity of learning environments and reinforce the role of arts education in socal cohesion and cultutal diversity. The manin outcome of the Seoul Conference was the “Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education”, which was adopted unanimously by UNESCO Member States at the 36th Session of the General Assembly in Paris on November 4, 2011. A resolution was also adopted that designates the fourth week in May as International Week of Arts Education beginning in 2012. The Seoul Agrnda calls upon UNESCO Member States, civil society, professional organizations and communities to recognize its governing goals, to employ the proposed strategies, and to implement the action items in a concerted effort to realize the full potential of high quality arts education to positively renew educational systems, to achieve crucial social and cultural objectives, and ultimately to benefit children, youth and life-long learners of all ages, Various discussions have taken place concerning issues related to the monitoring and mapping of how the Seoul Agenda is being implemented in different countries. This has involved networks such as the International Network of Research in Arts Education (INRAE), the World Alliance of Arts Education (WAAE), and the UNESCO Observatories. This chapter discusses some of the key issues of monitoring the implementation of the Seoul Agenda and provides a possible approach to undertaking an initial mapping exercise. Copyright © 2013 Waxmann Verlag GmbH.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational yearbook for research in arts education
Editors Eckart LIEBAU, Ernst WAGNER, Max WYMAN
Place of PublicationMünster
PublisherWaxmann Verlag
ISBN (Print)9783830928966
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Leong, S. (2013). Monitoring UNESCO’s Seoul agenda in practice: Challenges and beginnings. In E. Liebau, E. Wagner, & M. Wyman (Eds.), International yearbook for research in arts education (Vol. 1, pp. 113-118). Münster: Waxmann.


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