At the beginning of 2017, Cambodia Living Arts signed a five-year MoU with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts, and UNESCO to pilot the implementation of culture and arts education at Cambodian public schools via a public-private partnership.
On Thursday last week, CLA launched a creative leadership conference, “Culture & Arts Education, Now and Next”, to create a networking platform for people working in culture and arts education.
According to Suon Bunrith, programme manager of culture and arts education at CLA, the policy of implementing culture and arts education in public schools is new.
Mr Bunrith said, “We want all people working in the field of culture and arts to be able to connect and share information and experiences including government, civil society, artists, teachers and funding sources in this field.”
Mr Bunrith added that through the panel discussion at the conference, all those who attended had a chance to discuss creative approaches to arts education, ways to train artists to become qualified teachers of arts, and methods of preparing the arts education curriculum.
“The implementation of culture and arts education does not aim to turn all the students into artists. The main concept is to allow students to develop an understanding of the value of the arts. For people who can’t afford to study, the arts and related skills can be a ticket to a livelihood through such places as Phare, Epic Arts, Krousar Thmey and so forth,” Mr Bunrith added.
Mr Bunrith said the conference was crucial for helping people who work in the culture and arts fields to gain a better understanding of the new policy regarding arts instruction.