Children flourish through artistic expression, so cutting budgets for art programmes undermines children’s development, as argued during the Quality of Childhood (QoC) session at the European Parliament, organized with the Alliance for Children European Network Group on 4 September 2018 and chaired by MEP Julie Ward.

Ruth Churchill Dower from EarlyArts, UK, explained compellingly why schools need art programmes. Iina Berden, representing Finland’s Ministry of Education and Culture, described putting imaginative policies into effective practice, with feedback from children. L4WB perspectives encouraged these insights, also at the informal Post QoC gathering thereafter, that enabled deeper exploration and wider sharing.

If you wish to attend future Quality of Child sessions taking place at the European Parliament, you can send an email to Michiel Matthes.