studioFive is the arts education teaching, learning and research space in the Faculty of Education. It hosts the Melbourne UNESCO Observatory of Arts Education, a member of a network of Arts Education Observatories in the Asia-Pacific Region, under the Co-Directorship of Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret and Dr Kate Coleman and UNTWIN’s Arts Education Research for Cultural Diversity and Sustainable Development under the coordination of Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret.

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UNESCO  Connections

UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilises the wider public so that each child and citizen:

  • has access to quality education – a basic human right and an indispensable prerequisite for sustainable development
  • may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples
  • can fully benefit from scientific advances
  • and can enjoy full freedom of expression; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity.

UNESCO’s messages are of increasing importance today, in a globalized world where interconnections and diversity must serve as opportunities to build peace in the minds of men and women. A major outcome of UNESCO’s Second World Conference on Arts Education held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea in 2010, was The Seoul Agenda, which has been an important guide for arts education.

Goals of The Seoul Agenda
  • Ensure that arts education is accessible as a fundamental and sustainable component of a high-quality renewal of education
  • Assure that arts education activities and programmes are of a high quality in conception and delivery
  • Apply arts education principles and practices to contribute to resolving the social and cultural challenges facing today’s world