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8. Creativity and Culture

8.9 Enhancing social inclusion through culture

Last update: 1 April 2022
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  1. Fostering equality and young people involvement through cultural activities
  2. Combating discrimination and poverty through cultural activities

Fostering equality and young people involvement through cultural activities

Cultural activity as a tool for limited fostering of equality has been indicated in a few past programmes (eg. the programme entitled Active forms of counteracting social exclusion: a new dimension 2020 (Aktywne formy przeciwdziałania wykluczeniu społecznemu – nowy wymiar 2020), the ministerial programme: Youth Joined in Action Programme for 2016-2019 (Młodzież Solidarna w Działaniu na lata 2016-2019). However, such ideas have all but disappeared from the current crop of those programmes.

Combating discrimination and poverty through cultural activities

As far as combating discrimination through cultural activities is concerned “The National Programme for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion. Updated for 2021-2027, public policy for years up to 2030 (Krajowy Program Przeciwdziałania Ubóstwu i Wykluczeniu Społecznemu. Aktualizacja 2021–2027, polityka publiczna z perspektywą do roku 2030) should be considered a key document organising issues related to combating youth exclusion. It is a continuation and update of the programme accepted in 2014: “The National Programme for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion 2020. A New Dimension of Active Inclusion” (Krajowy Program Przeciwdziałania Ubóstwu i Wykluczeniu Społecznemu 2020. Nowy wymiar aktywnej integracji). Among other things, the programme identifies measures for the social inclusion of migrants, which again, are not specifically addressed to young people, but due to the relatively highest social mobility of the young generation, may significantly impact on the situation of this age group. In particular, this concerns the education for migrants, mainly in area of Polish language.

As far as combating poverty through cultural activities is concernedit is worth to mention the Guidelines on activities in the area of social inclusion and combatting poverty by using European Social Fund and European Fund for Regional Development 2014-2020 (Wytyczne w zakresie realizacji przedsięwzięć w obszarze włączenia społecznego i zwalczania ubóstwa z wykorzystaniem środków Europejskiego Funduszu Społecznego i Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego na lata 2014-2020) prepared by the Ministry of Development and Finance. The document does not specify youth as a separate category and adresses the general public. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of the guidelines have been temporarily suspended, starting from 1st of February 2020.