8.5 Developing cultural and creative competences
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Among the projects that support high-quality education and the building of young people’s potential with regard to culture and creativity, it is worth mentioning:
- The Cultural Education grant programme, operated by the National Centre for Culture and commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. The programme supports “projects that are based on cooperation with kindergartens and schools and aid the implementation of the core curriculum for mainstream education and teaching of arts-related subjects”.
- The National Centre for Culture’s Very Young Culture (Bardzo Młoda Kultura) long-term grant programme which includes “the management of programmes designed to fund cultural education projects created jointly by representatives of cultural entities and educational institutions. The beneficiaries of these projects should primarily be schoolchildren and young people at schools, as well as education staff, parents and guardians”. The programme was concluded in 2021, but its continuation is planned in 2023.
- Strategy for Responsible Development 2020 (with a 2030 perspective) (Strategia na rzecz odpowiedzialnego rozwoju do 2020 roku (z perspektywą do 2030 roku). In this strategy, culture is referenced in the context of stimulating the growth of human and social capital – “the area of culture will be strengthened through the implementation of programmes for the development of readership, citizen culture, the network of museums as well as organisation of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Polish independence” (which took place in 2018).
The described documents above contain also a component related to the improvement of the competences of education, culture and youthwork professionals. In this context, of particular significance are the provisions contained in the Rules for Cultural Education grant programme with regard to “raising the qualifications of cultural institution staff and teachers, which develop their competences in the scope of undertaking animation and education activities and include an element of using the acquired skills in practice”. Also noteworthy are the funding options for “training and workshop activities addressed to representatives of cultural and education institutions, including publishing training and methodological materials, organisation of workshops and training courses, in addition to consultancy and advisory activities”, provided for in the Very Young Culture programme run by the National Centre for Culture.
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