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Poland/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.2 Arts in schools

On 12 March 2008, the Minister of Culture and the Minister of Education signed the agreement on cooperation according to which art classes and music classes return to schools. In the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, an expert team was created to prepare the programme for these classes. According to the new core curriculum implemented since 1 September 2009, the arts education includes the following subjects: music, art, history of music, history of art, Latin and Antic culture, and cultural knowledge.

According to the report Music Education in Poland, music classes are obligatory on the ISCED 1 (unlimited) and ISCED 2 levels. The Ministry of Education defines only the minimum number of hours per 3 years of education in the field of art education, which are: 30 hours of music, 30 hours of art, 60 hours of artistic classes and 60 hours of technical courses. The timetabling of classes and how these subjects are realised depends on the headmaster of the school. The classes can be implemented as regular, weekly classes or as an artistic project. In general, in Poland the amount of hours of artistic education is very low. For example, in IV-VI classes there are 170 hours of music (when in Germany it is 330, in Denmark – 670 and Lichtenstein – 902) and in classes VII–IX, artistic education makes up only 88 hours.

In cooperation with the Polish Film Institute and the National Audiovisual Publishing House, the Ministry of Culture realises the project School Film Library. A set of DVDs, with over 50 Polish feature and documentary films, were sent to 14 000 junior high schools and high schools. This is the first time in the history of the Polish system of education that tools to serve film education have been distributed. The programme for music education called the School Sound Library is conducted as a web portal aimed at increasing level of music education in Poland and form conscious receivers of culture. The idea of an Internet platform results from a wish to reach as many students as possible, including those from villages and cities with limited access to culture.

Coalition for Film Education

On 19 September 2011, 8 organisations and institutions active in the field of film education – Polish Film Institute, Centre for Civic Education, Warsaw Film School, Generator Foundation, New Horizons Association, Central Film Education Cabinet, Warsaw Centre of Social and Education Innovations and Training, Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing – established a coalition for film education. The agreement aims at increasing access to films – especially in schools and cinemas; developing skills of critical reception and of film art; increasing the role of film as a teaching tool; learning of practical realisation of different film forms; and the training of people working in the field of film education.

Chapter published: 20-08-2015

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