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Arts for Transformative Education: A Guide for Teachers from the UNESCO Associated Schools Network
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris; Ottawa | 2024 | 67 p.
ISBN 978-92-3-100651-7
Benjamin Bolden; Sean Corcoran; Tiina Kukkonen; Jeffrey Newberry; Nathan Rickey
Corporate author: 
UNESCO; Canadian Commission for UNESCO

UNESCO’s vision of transformative education involves building learners’ capacities and empowering them to take action for a more peaceful and sustainable world. The arts offer tremendous potential for supporting learning that transforms individuals and communities. To fully realize that potential, teachers need to structure and support educational experiences that optimize what students will take away from them.


This guide presents the research-informed Arts for Transformative Education model, a pioneering approach and thinking tool for teachers. The model was developed from data provided by over 600 teachers of the UNESCO Associated Schools network from 39 countries.


The publication presents Learning Experience Descriptions and Snapshots illustrating how the model functions in real-world projects from around the globe, as well as Guidelines for Teachers outlining a step-by-step process for activating arts learning to empower transformative education.

Resource Type: 
Curriculum, teaching-learning materials and guides
Diversity / cultural literacy / inclusive
Transformative initiatives / Transformative pedagogies
Level of education: 
Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
Primary education
Secondary education
Higher education
Art education
cultural education
Transformative Education