8.8 Synergies and partnerships
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In order to establish a strong tie between culture and art pursuits and the education system, the Protocol on Culture and Art Cooperation (Kültür, Sanat İşbirliği Protokolü) was signed between the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The aim of the protocol is to ensure the students are informed of various art branches and their awareness on art is created, to increase their interest in the art and artists, to help them unearth their artistic talents in cooperation with the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Thanks to this protocol, museums, archaeological sites and cultural property are used as educational environments and made more accessible to young people. Within the framework of this protocol, the contents of course curricula were enriched with subjects related to urban, cultural and civilization history and tourism. Progress has been made in the integration of libraries within the two Ministries. The screening to be carried out by the Ministry of National Education based on this protocol is intended to discover cultural and artistic skills of students at an early age, guide these students to the relevant institutions within the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and ensure that they receive education suited to their skills. Moreover, the “Speaking Library” project of the National Library Management aimed at visually impaired people has been put into service for students and teachers of the Ministry of National Education.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports cooperates with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism in many projects for young people involving visits to historical and archaeological sites, museums and other events requiring a travel guide.
In terms of culture and creative sectors, the form of basic cooperation and partnership between youth organizations and public agencies relating to youth is joint execution of projects and grants provided to non-governmental organizations in such areas. Between 2012 and 2016, many grants were given to civil society projects aimed at supporting young people’s cultural acquisition and development, promoting their artistic activities and enabling them to put their innovative and creative ideas into practice.
Within the framework of European Union Culture Program (Avrupa Birliği Kültür Programı), the Ministry of EU provided many opportunities to associations, universities, culture institutes, public authorities, etc. in many areas including performing arts, visual arts, plastic arts, cultural heritage, etc. in the programming period of 2007-2013.
The Culture Program has promoted cultural cooperation in three different scopes:
1) Cultural Actions Support
2) Support for Organizations Operating in the Area of Culture at European Level
3) Support for Organizations Conducting Evaluation and Impact Analysis in the Area of Culture Policies.