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The UNESCO Expert Symposium on Arts Education in Asia, "Measuring the Effects of Arts in Education", was convened within the global framework set up in response to the International Appeal by the Director-General of UNESCO for the Promotion of Arts Education and Creativity in School (1999). Five other meetings were convened in five regions around the world prior to this meeting and an international network of experts and practitioners was established through the launch of a web-portal: Links to Education and Art (LEA international).

The meeting for the Asian Region, convened by the Office of the UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific, was organized as an Expert Symposium on the specific issue of the identification and use of methods for assessing the instrumental outcomes of arts education in three areas:

(i) learning achievement

(ii) social integration
(iii) ability to innovate