PolObs is coordinating the pilot project “Municipal Strategic Culture-Education Plans”, whose opening session will be held on April 12 in Cantanhede.
Conducted under the scope of a partnership between the Regional Directorate for Culture of the Central Region and the National Arts Plan, this pilot project, a pioneer in the country, addressed to the municipalities of the Central Region, has as its object the Municipal Strategic Culture-Education Plans. This new management instrument aims to combine, in terms of public policies, these two central areas of governance.
The pilot project began in 2022 with the preparation of the first theoretical and conceptual guide on the mission and nature of this management instrument and the methodologies necessary for its development and implementation, intending in the second phase to carry out training activities that will involve municipal technicians in the areas of culture and education.
All the Municipalities of the Intermunicipal Communities of Beira Baixa, Beiras and Serra da Estrela, Coimbra Region, Leiria Region and Viseu Dão Lafões Region have joined this pilot project, in a total of 55 municipalities and involving more than 150 municipal technicians, who will analyse and explore the Municipal Strategic Plans for Culture and Education and receive training on the respective implementation methodologies.
With a participative and reflective work model, the training will take place in a face-to-face and digital manner and seeks, among other objectives, to underline the role of the local power in the implementation of cultural policies and the transformation of its cultural fabric, to reflect on the importance of management instruments for culture and education and to explore the potential and the methodologies inherent to the creation and implementation of Municipal Strategic Plans for Culture and Education.
The opening seminar of the pilot project on Municipal Strategic Culture-Education Plans (PEMCE), scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, in the Auditório of São Pedro Parish Centre, in Cantanhede, begins the training programme that will run until July 2023 in the Central region.
After the pilot project in the Central Region, this training action will be later extended to other regions of the country.