SED - Education and cultural accessibility to cultural heritage

Ministry of cultural heritage and activities and tourism
Key objectives of the measure:

The SED was established (Ministerial Decree of 15/10/1998) to promote awareness on cultural heritage to all audiences and to conduct activities in education, communication and specific training, through national projects. It works in tandem with the Ministry of Education, University and Research, in order to create opportunities to development an accessible educational and cultural system of, in respect of "knowledgable society" perspective  (Cf. Framework Agreement of 20 March 1998 and the Memorandum of Understanding of 28 May 2014). The Courses will feed into the National Plan for Education on cultural heritage, in agreement with the Higher Council of Cultural Heritage and Landscape of MiBACT for programmatic agenda of actions. It is on institutional sites (,,

All the training offered by MiBACT is included in an annual data report with all proposals and free activities offered by institutes, ministries, archives, libraries, museums and places of culture. It is Addressed especially to public schools, teachers, families and other public social categories (including disable people). For 2015-2016 school-year 1,200 projects and activities have been presented .The national collection is entrusted to the Centre for Educational Services (SED), which from 2015 pertains to the Direction General Education and Research, supporting it in the coordination of the Network of Territorial Education, in accordance with Articles 118-119 of the Code of Cultural Heritage and Landscape.

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

There are several targeted areas, among them:

- Social disadvantaged categories,

- Disability,

- Intercultural dialogue.

Several activities are developed by educational departments of the Italian museums in order to create a cultural and social identity through the cultural heritage (archeological, monumental, works of art, etc.), to learn how to appreciate the beauty of diversity, to rediscover the multiethnic roots of the Italian civilization, to foster reading or to enjoy the cultural heritage. Workshops in expressions are made to foster creativity in different fields like audiovisual, interview, narration, modelling, theater techniques, etc.


Results expected through the implementation of the measure:

The purposes of SED and connected data collection are:

- to facilitate the access to the contents and values ​​of cultural heritage;

- to support knowledge and conscious use as basic elements of the right;

- to encourage the participation of the citizens in cultural and social life.

Financial resources allocated to implement the measure:


Indicators used to determine impact:
The number of educational projects presented to the SED
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)