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Germany/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.2 Arts in schools

Responsibility for art, literature and music education lies with the federal states (Länder). Each Land maintains its own education structures and therefore classroom instruction also varies in scope and quality. Since many years, experts deplore a shortfall in music and fine arts instruction which is considered a widespread problem.

On the national level, e.g. with the programme "Culture and School" (a network of co-operation for extra-curricular cultural education including artists) and in some of the federal states (Länder), this has led to initiatives and regular programmes aimed at improving this situation. Examples are:

  • new plans for strengthening arts education proposed by federal state (Länder) governments, e.g. in North-Rhine Westphalia and Baden-Wuerttemberg;
  • the 5-year development programme "Cultural Education in the Media Age" (kubim) under the umbrella of the BLK, a joint body for educational planning and research funded by the federal states (Länder) and the Federal Government (see; and
  • in North Rhine-Westphalia the programme "Culture and School" started with 700 projects in its first year 2006/2007 and doubled this figure in 2010/2011.

Chapter published: 12-09-2016

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