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Professional Association in Culture and Development

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The UNESCO Chair has received a grant from the University of Girona for the creation of Professional Association in Culture and Development in Cartagena de Indias.

For 5 years, the UNESCO Chair has been collaborating with the Technological University of Bolivar in the Master in Culture and Development, in Cartagena de Indias (Colombia).

The objective of the Master is to train professionals with analytical and conceptual skills, able to contribute to human development of the countries, regions and localities, through its incorporation in projects of design of policies and decision-making in the public and private sectors which could link, with an interdisciplinary vision, culture as a purpose of the development.

After these five years, have been formed a lot of cultural management professionals who need to find an opportunity to share knowledge, activities and resources in order to promote and empower their work.

Associations could be important to create this benchmark, but given that in Colombia has not been developed the tradition of associations - unlike our country - there is a lack of awareness about how it works and theirs advantages.

Thanks to the grant received in the call for Grants for Projects in International Cooperation for Development granted by the University of Girona, the UNESCO Chair and the Technological University of Bolivar proposed the creation of the Professional Association in Culture and Development among graduates of this Master of Cartagena de Indias.

The collaboration of the UNESCO Chair is translated into two levels: a training level and a technical level. The aim is to present the experience of other countries, the benefits of creating an association and its purpose, as well as helping to create an association.

The project duration is from July to November of 2015.

"Same and different. Let's talk about imagination and creativity."

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The Education Department of the Banyoles City Council, the UNESCO Chair of Cultural Policies and Cooperation of UdG, Conarte Internacional and PDA-Pequeños Dibujos Animados collaborate in the development of the project Same and different. Let's talk about imagination and creativity.

With this project, the UNESCO Chair adds continuity to the work started by PDA Films (which resulted in the project Te Cuento) with the goal of deepening and disseminating this type of interventions, which, through the relationship between education and culture, allow kids to express themselves via the language of cinematographic animation.

The project was developed in the Can Puig de Banyoles School with the participation of a total of 21 kids of Primary School Level, coming from three different schools in the local area. Within the framework of the PDA methodology, the project meant realizing a workshop of 6 sessions of approximately three hours divided into three weekends. As a result of the project, the participant kids, under the direction of the PDA, made an animated film in a collective manner. 

This project was carried out in collaboration with La Caixa Obra Social (Art for social development) and the Banyoles City Council.

Friday September 19, 2014 at 19:30 the short PDA animation film created within the framework of the project Same and different. Let's talk about imagination and creativity was presented by the Athenaeum Auditorium-CMEM de Banyoles.

The story is about a robot in the shape of a vacuum cleaner that sucks up the imagination of children and its showdown with a hero in the shape of a fish tank.

For more information: Educació Banyoles / PDA Films


 

ConArte Internacional

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In 2004, the UNESCO Chair of Cultural Policies and Cooperation of UdG and ConArte México signed a collaboration agreement, which has allowed them to work together in different projects of education and development targeted towards young people and kids through arts in all parts of the world.

In Mexico, ConArte has managed to incorporate arts as an axis for education for peace and social development in public schools and in highly marginal communities. It has created methodologies that open the way for work of high quality and expedience. This non-profit organization in Mexico has the international recognition of UNICEF, OEA and OEI, among others.

The experience of Mexico and the results obtained from different projects around the world demonstrate that the educational capacity of arts and cultural heritage is needed today more than ever.

Arts and heritage, isolated from education and development, have led to serious consequences: learning limitations, social and aesthetic exclusion, lack of audience in many disciplines and infrastructures.

In Spain and in Girona, Catalonia, there are already many artists, creatives, teachers and cultural managers who inspire innovative initiatives and who would like to advance on this path. These experiences have amply demonstrated the necessity of seriously considering artistic education and education in cultural heritage as a fundamental element of the training of kids, young people and citizens of the 21st century.

From Mexico and in alliance with the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona, the Festival of Music and the Torroella de Montgrí Music School and the Temporada Alta Festival, advances were made towards the creation of ConArte Internacional as an autonomous association of general interest in order to join efforts and advance from the local experience in international projects, supporting processes where ConArte México has participated, and in others that look promising to be innovative.

What does ConArte Internacional do?

  • Creates dialogues between the world of education with that of artistic creation and cultural supply.
    • Educates with and through arts and culture.
    • Creates creative members of the public, citizens and critical consumers of arts and culture.
    • Motivates the participation of the artistic and cultural world in solidarity projects, projects of social cohesion and cooperation for development, which take education, arts and culture into consideration.
    • Trains trainers in the methodology created by ConArte México and other methodology that has developed in other countries.
    • Motivates training in the artistic sector in terms of entrepreneurialism and sustainable development.

How does it do that?

In the city of Girona, in neighboring municipalities, such as Salt and regions, the possibilities of working with art and artists are numerous and of high quality thanks to the great quantity of cultural projects that are already underway and due to the social changes and needs that are emerging because of the growing immigration and the educational necessities as well as social integration.

Music festivals, performing arts, cinema, etc. mean the constant presence of creatives and national as well as international shows. The effervescence of music and dance schools, creative centers, companies, cultural and educational projects turns the regions of Girona into a laboratory of creativity and the favorable framework for this type of projects.

ConArte Internacional works to learn from this experience and strengthen the capacity of education and social cohesion of this creativity.
1. Moving arts and artists closer to the world of education and the projects that are already functional
2. Motivating the potential of development and social inclusion of arts and culture
3. Promoting a laboratory or space for permanent joint reflection and training.

http://conarteinternacional.net/


 

 Learning from practical experiences. Culture and development

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Learning from practical experiences. Culture and development is a project of the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona and the Technological University of Bolívar, commissioned by the Millenium Development Goal Fund (MDG-F).

Thanks to the experience emerging from the practice of Ventana de Cultura y Desarrollo of MDG-F and the conceptual and theoretical contributions in this field, these key questions for the management of projects within the cultural approach for development have been compiled.

The methodology used for the systematization of experiences based on the techniques of social sciences from a perspective of research and action has been called Applied Practical Learnings (APL). The singularity of this proposal is the valuing and visualization of the learnings on the part of the project participants, developing the use of the practices and generating knowledge for the specific area.

The experience resulting from research is transferred in the format of digital applications that are at the disposal of the web page of the project.

The goal of these applications is to facilitate a process to increase the capabilities in project management and promote a better efficiency and sustainability for actions of development within the cultural approach.

The applications will soon be found on: http://apl-cultural.com/


 

Te cuento (I'll Tell You)

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Te Cuento is an educational project for diversity and development, driven by the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona and PDA-Films (Pequeños Dibujos Animados), with the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation.

Te cuento is an educational resource thought out so that kids, young people and adults can have a deeper understanding of education for cultural diversity and development through the cinema. In general, the use of cinema and audiovisual languages as educational resources is more and more accepted among professors, educators and students as they transmit us knowledge at all levels.

The film is about an innovative, intriguing proposal of high artistic quality comprised of three short animated films created by kids from three different countries in which the protagonists explain their environment, their everyday lives and how their cultural identity is formed and reflect upon human rights and the idea of solidarity and cooperation. These three films are accompanied by pedagogical material that proposes different ways of processing values and reading the image.

The films

The three movies are available on http://www.te-cuento.net.

Pedagogical proposal

The use of cinema and audiovisual languages as educational resources is more and more accepted among professors, educators and students as they transmit us knowledge at all levels: they allow us to address the contents and languages. The subjects that we proposed to process through these three films are nothing more than an open idea, which we leave at the hands of whoever uses the material so that it can be adapted to different realities, contexts, destinations and educational needs. We leap onto a possible pathway through which we go over material, but always leaving the possibility of personalizing this itinerary and making way for other subjects.

On one hand, the proposal suggests analyzing what these three films tell us and on the other hand it asks us how they do so.

Target groups:

  • Kids and young people aged nine or more.
  • Educators, teachers, professors, social and cultural agents and actors of cooperation for development.

Competence:

  • Cultural and artistic competence
  • Social and civic competence
  • Competence in communication

Objectives:

  • To learn about other cultural realities and respect cultural diversity.
  • To learn about fundamental and universal human rights, particularly the rights for children.
  • To learn that solidarity is a human characteristic and it is the first step towards personal involvement and collective cooperation in defense of the fundamental human rights of all the citizens of the world.
  • To learn to value and interpret artistic and creative expressions.
  • To learn to communicate learnings and critical reflections.

Download Te cuento.


 

Diversity Kit

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Between March 2009 and June 2010, the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation of the University of Girona, along with the Interarts Foundation, has worked on the project Informative and Educational Kit on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for Spanish speaking students in secondary school, commissioned by the Division of Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries at UNESCO. The project is defined within the implementation of Article 10 of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, related to educating and raising awareness of the public, and it has relied on the support of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID).

The results of this project have been the elaboration, designing and production of a pedagogical tool based on the principles and values of this Convention.

Presentation of Diversity, the creativity game

Diversity, the game of creativity, is a «pedagogical kit» targeted towards teachers and educators at the first stage and towards young people aged between 12 and 16 as the last beneficiaries that allow to process the following contents in a pleasant as well as rigorous manner:

  • The diversity of practices, production and cultural consumption that shape their own identity
  • The substratum of individual and collective creativity, which characterizes diversity and makes it possible
  • The right to some cultural policies, which make it possible to maintain and encourage diversity
  • The necessity of cultural cooperation policies, which, as a solidarity practice, guarantees the equal opportunities in all countries and communities and favors the sustainability of the global cultural system.

The group that it is targeted towards is pre-adolescence and/or adolescence, a phase of identification and construction of identity, in which young people are discovering and molding their way of being, managing the diversity of cultural options and expressions that surround them and contribute to defining them. To this end, Diversity bids for a pedagogical strategy that involves young people personally. Parting from the observation of diversity and individuality, from the «ME», the game advances towards the recognition of the close social group, the «US».  The next step is logical and gradual. When you take part in a group, another one appears immediately. This refers to the «OTHER» or the «OTHER GROUPS». The sum of all these groups results in the concept «ALL» and advances towards a universal view since diversity is what makes the existence of «all» possible.

Diversity is conceived as a game and a collaborative space where educators, teachers and young people find an innovative proposal regarding the use of digital technologies for educational purposes. The contents and the format of Diversity turn into a tool in an educational resource that is highly adaptable to different scholarly curricula and to different formats and times. Diversity is offered in two formats: CD-ROM and publication on paper.

The project

The preparation, design and production of the pedagogical tool have posed an important challenge and an excellent opportunity for the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policies and Cooperation to develop one of the lines of research of the Chair, which studies the relationship between education and culture.

During the conceptualization process of Diversity, joint work was carried out with a group of experts at the international level on the Convention, cultural education with young people and cultural diversity.  Through various meetings, the subjects which had to be addressed and the most suitable methodology were structured.

At the level of pedagogical tool development, a collaboration was established with a group of researchers from the Pompeu Fabra University, specialists in digital technologies and their application in the world of education. This alliance has been crucial to be able to develop an innovative product that is at the same time competent for its autonomous function and adaptive to a great variety of situations and realities.

Once it had been designed, Diversity had to be put into practice and an open and deep dialogue needed to be established with the educational sector: professors and students, to evaluate the viability and perception of the pedagogical tool. To this end, a few pilot tests were carried out during March 2010 in institutes in Olot (Catalonia), Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) and Guatemala City (Guatemala).

This pilot period served to confirm the efficacy and the well-reception of Diversity while it also allowed us to identify some aspects to improve it. These aspects were tackled during the final phase of the project. At the same time, this experience and the participation of the Chair in international congresses, courses and seminars have also helped to conduct some institutional meetings for project presentation and to identify the possible ways of implementing the kit immediately after its publication. The expectation generated by the kit has amply surpassed what had been expected.

Diversity was officially delivered to the Division of Cultural Expressions and Creative Industries at UNESCO, which ensured the dissemination of the kit at the international level from all Permanent Delegations and national Commissions, such as the focal Points of the Convention in Spain and Latin America. Diversity is a pedagogical tool accessible everywhere around the world and can be downloaded free on the Internet.

Available on www.diversidades.net.


 

Humana-Youth in action. Arts and culture project

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South Africa is a young democracy: almost 40% of its population is aged between 14 and 35. Young people in South Africa have always played an integral and powerful role in the training of the society and they were crucial since the modern revolution of South Africa in 1976. Today, young people in South Africa have a huge responsibility in the development of their country, as is indicated by the National Youth Policy (NYP) 2009-2014.

Young people in South Africa are, without any doubt, capable of meeting these huge expectations. However, particularly the disadvantaged young people face huge obstacles to reach their full potential and to be the catalyzing forces for development in the country. Unemployment, HIV /AIDS, crime, family responsibilities and limited access to information and leisure services are some obstacles that they face, which limits their social participation and civic engagements and aggravates poverty in their communities.

To participate in arts and to develop their expression promote a greater social cohesion and participation among young people. Their perspective and experience attach more importance to the reduction of poverty, which makes the established objectives increasingly more relevant.

Young people are the motive for this project. A group of four organizations from South Africa and Spain, with the support of the European Commission, accepted the challenge of going to 2.000 vulnerable young people and giving them power via the improvement of their life skills to participate in their communities and positively contribute to the development of their communities through arts and culture.

http://www.youthandculturesa.org


 

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