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SADC Arts Education Experts and Practitioners to meet at the NEPAD Arts Education Conference

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Midrand, March 2, 2015 - The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency in collaboration with South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), will be hosting the NEPAD Regional Conference on Arts Education in Africa for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region.

The three-day Conference, under the theme “Advocacy for Arts Education in Africa”, will take place from March 11 to 13, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The aim of the Conference is to develop an advocacy and policy framework for Africa with specific attention to the SADC region in order to strengthen and harmonise Arts Education and Training Policies, as a strategic intervention and contribution in regional integration, social cohesion and sustainable development in the continent.

“South African Government view this Regional Conference as a coherent approach from SADC to implement African Union Policies such as AU Agenda 2063” , said the Deputy Minister Department of Arts and Culture, South Africa

“Arts Education, as a transformative strategy in Africa, seeks to address the imperatives of peace and stability, human rights, social justice, gender equality, diversity, creative and innovative skills and cultural identity. That is why it has to be given greater prominence within African Education Systems.”, said Prof. Mzobz Mboya from the NEPAD Agency.

Participants are expected from the government sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), arts practitioners, academic institutions, centres of excellence, independent researchers and fieldworkers, the private sector and youth organisations.

The NEPAD Agency refers to the 2nd UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Conference on Arts Education held in 2010 in Seoul, where all regions in the world presented their position as far as Arts Education, except Africa. This was due to the fact that Africa’s approach to multilateral forums is currently fragmented. In this regard, the NEPAD Agency has taken the lead, in partnership with the South African Government, to host Africa’s first Regional Conference on Arts Education with an aim to later convene a Continental Conference.

The Conference is supported by the Department of Basic Education – Republic of South Africa, National Arts Council of South Africa, Goethe-Institut, Pro Helvetia, University of Witwatersrand and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT).

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For more information contact:
Name: Prof. Mzobz Mboya
Number: +27-11 256 3647

For more information on Conference Registration:
Please note that Registration for the Conference is essential
National Arts Council of South Africa

About the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA)
The NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA), is a technical body and development vehicle of the African Union (AU). The NPCA is responsible for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), a strategic framework for pan-African socio-economic development. In order to address critical challenges facing the continent, the NPCA facilitates and coordinates development programmes and projects, pushing for partnerships, resource mobilisation, research and knowledge management.

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