Promotion of cultural education as paramount for ensuring cultural diversity
Key objectives of the measure:
In Armenia, cultural education is carried out at all educational levels (kindergarten, school, higher education institution), at extracurricular establishments (youth centres, music school, etc.), and through informal education. In the Republic of Armenia, out of 204 art and fine arts schools, 100 are music schools, 77 are art schools and 26 are fine art schools. The people who like art and are aesthetically educated can be more perceiving and demanding towards establishing and disseminating cultural diversity. In this regard, Armenia pays great attention to formal and informal methods and programmes for aesthetic education and aesthetic upbringing. Recently the Government of the Republic of Armenia approved the programme for “Fine arts education and aesthetic upbringing of children and the youth”, which is targeted at the diverse and mental development of individuals, and creates grounds for multi-cultural education promoting the formation of future citizens of the Republic of Armenia. In line with one of the provisions of this programme, the “History of World Culture” subject, as a separate course, will be incorporated into the curriculum of the humanities division of high schools.
Main feature of the measure:
Around 40 children’s creative centres operate within the Republic of Armenia, the main purpose of the operation whereof is to ensure the extra-curricular cultural, fine arts, spiritual, physical education, development of abilities and capabilities of children, taking their preferences into consideration. Every year, 23500 children and youngsters attend the creative centres, who study in groups of decorative-applied arts, fine arts, song and music, sports, computers, journalism and foreign languages, theatre, dance, circus, etc. In 2007, the “Philharmony of Schoolchildren” programme, which is a programme of designated purpose and is sponsored by the State, was launched.. During the lesson-concerts, the lives and careers of world-famous composers and writers and the times they lived in are presented. Clarifications are given about musical instruments, different music genres, their structural peculiarities, folk dances, etc. Young participants are given an opportunity to express their true impressions and feelings about the lesson-concerts. In 2007-2011, within the “Philharmony of Schoolchildren” programme 156 lesson-concerts were organised, 60 out of which were in marzes. With a positive opinion from the Government of the Republic of Armenia, the draft Law of the Republic of Armenia “On adult education” was submitted to the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia. In 2010, the General Assembly of the European Association for the Education of Adults and the international conference on “Vocational Education and Youth and Adult Learning” were held.