Syria/ 8.3 Arts and cultural education  

8.3.4 Higher arts education and professional training

Popular culture institutes are the body in charge of this field and they exist in most Syrian governorates and cities and are affiliated to Cultural Centers/MOC. The number of these institutes reached 95 by the end of 2007 and they offer specific cultural, scientific, literary and artistic knowledge to their students, in addition to various vocational skills (living languages, music, Islamic calligraphy) and other specializations such as computers, needle-work and crochet.

These institutions offer courses in return for symbolic fees and students are awarded expertise certificates issued by MOC according to specialty after successfully completing a number of courses. During the current events in Syria, these institutes have had less students join the courses, to the extent that some of them have totally stopped.

In 2013 the Ministry of Culture issued a report stipulating the pardon of martyr’s sons from enrolment fees in its affiliated public cultural academies. 

Chapter published: 09-05-2016