New curricula for primary schools, as well as lower and higher secondary schools, place an emphasis on aesthetic disciplines. Thirteen percent of all teaching in elementary school is designated to arts, crafts and music (According to The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training).
The wish to strengthen the aesthetic and creative capacities of Norwegian pupils is also manifested in The Cultural Rucksack (Den kulturelleskolesekken), which was established as a national scheme in 2001. This is a national initiative for professional art and culture in education in Norway with the following objectives:
- to help to ensure that pupils in the primary and lower secondary schools are offered a professional arts and culture programme;
- to make it easier for primary and lower secondary school pupils to gain access to, make themselves familiar with and have a positive approach to art and cultural expression of all kinds; and
- to contribute to an overall incorporation of artistic and cultural expression in the realisation of the schools’ learning objectives.
DKS is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Research and is primarily funded by profits from Norsk Tipping A/S (Norway’s state-owned gaming company).