Cultural ODA Project of KOICA (Korea International Cooperation Agency)

Republic of Korea
Korea Arts and Culture Education Service and KOICA
Key objectives of the measure:

ODA project for arts and cultural education

By assisting the arts and cultural education in the developing countries, the project contributes to educational and social development of local communities. 
▪It instills the value of arts and cultural education among the government officials and educators in the recipient countries and assists in establishing a sustainable system of arts and cultural education. 

Scope of the measure:
Nature of the measure:
Main feature of the measure:

▪The ODA project for arts and cultural education by Korea Arts and Culture Education Service was implemented in the Lao Cai Province (Sa Pa district and Bac Ha district) in 2013 and administered for five years jointly with KOICA. 
▪The project was divided into five categories: elementary and middle school education, club activities, training for educational mediators and presentation of achievement.
▪Each program provided education mediated by photography, choreography and plays, with elementary and middle school students representing the local culture with photos. 
▪ One program of education on visual arts was implemented. 
▪During 2013-14, the education administered only in the Sa Pa district was extended to the Bac Ha district, with artistic genres diversified from visual arts to modern choreography and play. The number of students increased from 1,200 in the first year of the ODA project to 1,780 in 2015 and to 2,000 in 2016. Starting in 2018, the project is scheduled to expand as to provide arts and cultural education for students and teachers at the boarding school set up by KOICA. 

Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

▪ Increase in demand for arts and cultural education and pedagogy 
▪ It encouraged the participation of local residents in the programs and enhanced their understanding of arts and cultural education by holding a presentation session at the “cultural center for minority people.”  

Main conclusions of the evaluation of the measure:

The medium- and long-term ODA projects for arts and cultural education have positive effects and potential for further development

Indicators used to determine impact:
▪ Self-evaluation in the 2015 annual report on the ODA project- It produced positive effects on the education for elementary and middle school students. For instance, in a survey on self-esteem, about 40% of the students answered in the negative to the question, “Do you think you are a valuable person?”, before joining the educational program; however, no one replied with a categorical “no” after experiencing the program. Likewise, Dazai  Elementary School reported that the students had better self-perception after joining the program, supporting the claim that they came to have improved self-esteem after learning how to express themselves culturally and artistically. 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Media Arts
Performing Arts