The eighth IDEA “Drama / Theatre and Education” world congress will take place from July 8th to 13th 2013 in Paris.
What is at stake? Where do our challenges stand?
The world conferences on arts education organized by UNESCO in 2006 in Lisbon and in 2010 in Seoul showed that all educational policies throughout the world granted arts and culture some kind of status. However, we still see quite a considerable gap between these declarations of intent and their implementation in schools and various educational structures.
Although many countries may differ in their views on arts education, either because they work towards distinct ends, or because of the diversity of systems in each country, they all share identical and essential questions we intend to tackle.
Four main questions will shape the body of our exchanges, debates, research and actions in this congress:
The answers the 80 participating countries will bring to these questions will strengthen our ability to share the ambition of our project for education, which is to give all children access to drama, so that they may open their minds and learn how to listen to each other, learn how to develop their curiosity and their aesthetic pleasure, and grow eager to turn into full-fledged citizens of the world they will inherit.
This context of global crisis and considerable evolution forces us to invent new educational methods and new shared stories, through which values such as solidarity, creativity, a culture of community rather than domination, and empathy will become the resources and the treasures of the women and men of tomorrow.
So our vibrant task is to build a successful congress together and create an international momentum that will celebrate the increased stature of children and young people through drama.