ZAGREB, May 8, 2018 – An international conference – Culture and Creative Practices for a Better Education – organised by the Ministry of Culture, with the support of the Ministry of Science and Education and the Agency for Education and Upbringing, opened on Tuesday in Zagreb’s Mimara Museum, attracting Croatian and foreign experts.
“The conference shows to what degree we all recognise the importance of cultural and creative education and the development of cultural and creative practices in our society,” Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek said, expressing her satisfaction with the cooperation between her ministry and the Ministry of Science.
Maja Zrnčić of the Culture Ministry and the director of the Dutch Cultural Participation Fund Jan Jaap Knol presented a handbook for cultural awareness and expression. The European Commission published the handbook in English in 2016 and now the ministry has translated and published it in Croatian.
Zrnčić said that the handbook contains explanations of the most important definitions in that field, as well as competencies, artistic education, education in culture, recommendations by the European Parliament and Council, lessons for the future and an appendix with examples of good practice.
Knol explained that this was a special working method between EU member states that motivates creating a common understanding of problems and helps in building a consensus on the best solutions and their practical implementation, while combining joint social policy objectives of EU member states, national action plans and common indicators.
Experts specialising in culture and artistic expression and creativity from around the world are participating in the conference, including participants from Scotland, The Netherlands, France and Austria.