Date 2014-09-26
Time 12:30 - 14:00
E-mail hcso@ied.edu.hk
Tel 29488761
Venue Room C-LP-02, Lower Podium Floor, Block C, HKIEd Tai Po Campus

Enquiry

Community-based cultural arts for sustainability and peace education

by

Professor Samuel Leong

Director

UNESCO Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education

and

Mr Richard Whitbread

 Executive Officer

UNESCO Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education

 

Date:      26 September 2014 (Friday)

Time:      12:30pm to 2:00pm

Venue:    Room C-LP-02, Lower Podium Floor, Block C, HKIEd Tai Po Campus

 

Abstract:

 

UNESCO  has  been  mandated  as  the  lead  agency  for  the  promotion  of  Education  for Sustainable Development (ESD), a concept requiring far-reaching changes in the ways education is often practiced today. Specifically, it is a vision of the world which integrates the values inherent in sustainable development into all aspects of learning in order to encourage changes in behavior, thereby allowing for a more just society for all. In an imagined future where resolution of world issues must be brought about through peaceful means, the arts, through their innate ability to effect social and cultural change, would appear to be ideally placed to take up such challenges.

However, while there are certain similarities, there are also important differences between the  two  worlds  that  require  consideration.  This  seminar  explores  what  Education for Sustainable  Development  means  in  practical  terms  for  the  arts  and  culture  and  arts education, firstly by exploring some of the areas that can serve to unite them, together with the potential for possibly synergies, and secondly by drawing on specific examples from  the  work  that  UNESCO-RLCCE  undertakes  in  both  its  community-  and research-based capacities, particularly with regard to the guidelines for action outlined in the Seoul Agenda: Goals for the Development of Arts Education (2010).

 

Speaker:

 

Professor Samuel Leong is the Director of the UNESCO Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education. His professional work has been multifarious, international and interdisciplinary – spanning education and research, performance and wellness, technology and broadcasting, business and administration, cultural policy and the creative industry. He has contributed to over 100 publications including Oxford Handbook of Music Education, Creative Arts in Education and Culture, International Yearbook for Research in Arts Education, and International Handbook of Creative Learning.

He has also given invited presentations in five continents including the World Alliance for Arts Education World Summit, World Learning Conference, and World Creativity Summit. He is a recipient of competitive grants/commissions from UNESCO, the Australian Research Council, HK Research Grants Council, HK Arts Development Council, HK Home Affairs Bureau, HK Education Bureau, and serves on the boards of nine refereed journals.

 

Mr. Richard Whitbread is the Executive Officer of the UNESCO Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education. He is undertaking doctoral research specializing in music education, and has published on the influence and extent to which cultural background plays in determining students’ motivation to study music at secondary level, including the part played by parents and related societal factors in shaping those views. His current research focuses on the dynamics and synergies between cultural policy and arts education policy in Hong Kong.

  

 

All are welcome!

 

Please register online here, or email hcso@ied.edu.hk for enquiries.

Download the electronic flyer here.

 

** UNESCO Research Seminar Series is a HKIEd 20th Anniversary Celebratory Event, which is jointly organized by: the UNESCO Chair in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and Lifelong Learning, the UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre (HK), the UNESCO Arts-in-Education Observatory for Research in Local Cultures and Creativity in Education (RLCCE), Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development, and Centre for Governance and Citizenship.