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Cultural awareness and expression as a key competence

“Competence in cultural awareness and expression involves having an understanding of and respect for how ideas and meaning are creatively expressed and communicated in different cultures and through a range of arts and other cultural forms. It involves being engaged in understanding, developing and expressing one’s own ideas and sense of place or role in society in a variety of ways and contexts.

Essential knowledge, skills and attitudes related to this competence
This competence requires knowledge of local, national, regional, European and global cultures and expressions, including their languages, heritage and traditions, and cultural products, and an understanding of how these expressions can influence each other as well as the ideas of the individual. It includes understanding the different ways of communicating ideas between creator, participant and audience within written, printed and digital texts, theatre, film, dance, games, art and design, music, rituals, and architecture, as well as hybrid forms. It requires an understanding of one’s own developing identity and cultural heritage within a world of cultural diversity and how arts and other cultural forms can be a way to both view and shape the world.

Skills include the ability to express and interpret figurative and abstract ideas, experiences and emotions with empathy, and the ability to do so in a range of arts and other cultural forms. Skills also include the ability to identify and realise opportunities for personal, social or commercial value through the arts and other cultural forms and the ability to engage in creative processes, both as an individual and collectively.

It is important to have an open attitude towards, and respect for, diversity of cultural expression together with an ethical and responsible approach to intellectual and cultural ownership. A positive attitude also includes a curiosity about the world, an openness to imagine new possibilities, and a willingness to participate in cultural experiences.”[1]

There is the “Cultural awareness and expression handbook”, worked out of December 2015. It is the outcome (report) of OMC group, which was set up in 2014. “25 Member States were represented in the group. Members included representatives of departments of education and culture, and national expertise centres and advisory boards, as well as cultural education practitioners.”[2]
There is also the Executive Summary of the handbook and the Annex containing 43 good practices from 22 Member States, including Cyprus, Finland, Poland and Slovenia.
Literature:
Council Recommendation of 22 May 2018 on key competences for lifelong learning
“Cultural awareness and expression handbook”, Open method of coordination (OMC) working group of EU Member States’ experts on ‘cultural awareness and expression – Study
“Cultural awareness and expression handbook”, Open method of coordination (OMC) working group of EU Member States’ experts on ‘cultural awareness and expression – Annex
“Cultural awareness and expression handbook”, Open method of coordination (OMC) working group of EU Member States’ experts on ‘cultural awareness and expression – Executive Summary

Author: Krzysztof Kwatera, Stowarzyszenie Lokalna Grupa Działania “Dolina Raby”

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