8.2.2 Policies and programmes
The most prominent programme to promote participation in cultural life in Norway in recent years has been The Cultural Rucksack (Den kulturelle skolesekken (DKS) which was established as a national scheme in 2001. From 2007, the programme was extended to also include high schools (see chapter 8.3.2).
DKS is a national initiative for professional art and culture in education in Norway, with the following objectives:
DKS is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Research and is mainly funded by profits from Norsk Tipping A/S (Norway's state-owned gaming company). One of the preconditions of DKS is that experiences of art and culture in schools should compensate for any inequalities due to a pupil's social background.