Cultuureducatie met Kwaliteit (Cultural Education with Quality, CmK) including “Meer Muziek in de Klas” (More Music in the Classroom)

Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)
Fonds Cultuurparticipatie (Cultural Participation Fund)
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 
Stimulating cultural education is not only the responsibility of the government; the effort of different parties from the cultural and educational field (such as local municipalities and provinces), is equally important. Projects are funded in a matching structure, where national and local government jointly provide funding. Within the programme Cultuureducatie met Kwaliteit (Cultural Education with Quality, CmK), schools and cultural institutions are encouraged to collaborate in the field of cultural education. During the period of 2017-2020, there was special focus on musical education with the impulse programme Méér Muziek in de Klas (More Music in the Classroom). Furthermore, the programme focussed on heritage, media and cultural education for pre-vocational secondary education.
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 
As part of the programme, 46 cultural organisations worked together with 55% of the primary schools in The Netherlands in the period of 2017-2019. A list of these collaborations in the period 2017-2019 can be found in the report “Kijk eens wat er kan” ("Look at the possibilities"). As part of the focus on music education, almost 25% of all primary schools in the Netherlands has embedded music education in their curriculum. Also, all 42 higher professional education institutes in the Netherlands have made further investments in training their student teachers in this subject. In 2019, the MuziekMatch (MusicMatch) was launched. This financial instrument provides in the further sustainability of music education in the school curriculums, by organising commitment and collaborations between public and private parties on a local and regional level. At this point in time, there are somewhat 30 local and regional partnerships.
Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 
CmK: for period 17-20 in total USD 48.438.000 (EUR 40.000.000) Méér Muziek in de Klas: for period 17-20 in total USD 49.648.130 (EUR 41.000.000)
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Landelijk Kennisinstituut Cultuureducatie en Amateurkunst (National Centre of Expertise for Cultural Education and Amateur Arts, LKCA)
Public Sector
Stichting Méér Muziek in de Klas
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 
CmK was evaluated in the period of 2018-2019. The evaluation showed that schools that participate in the CmK programme, make visible progress. They rank higher on subjects as educational vision, implementation of continuous learning path, teacher skills and overall quality, than schools that don’t participate in the programme. The intermediate evaluation of Méér Muziek in de Klas (More Music in the Classroom) showed that the approach is successful. However, for structural improvement and change, a longer period of time is needed. Furthermore, it showed that one integrated approach to stimulating cultural education as a whole, is to be preferred above specific programmes focussing on one single cultural discipline, such as music education.
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
Transversal Priority(ies)