There are fewer and fewer unskilled jobs and the requirements for the capabilities and skills of future generations are greater than before. The labour market has developed in a more complex direction, in which the achievement of an education and development of the capability to navigate flexibly in a changing world considerably affect the life opportunities for children.
Children who grow up in poverty typically bear the mark of stress in everyday life. Stress can negatively affect the ability to make decisions, solve problems, and set and achieve goals.
The arts support children in the development of mental flexibility, perseverance and communication. Artistic activities contribute to reducing children’s stress and create a greater connection to the school and the sense of community. It benefits the individual child as well as family and society.
There is evidence for the following:
- Children from low-income families who participate in artistic activities in school have a greater chance of achieving an education than do children from low-income families who do not take part in artistic activities.
- Artistic activities and education strengthen children’s cognitive development and reduce stress and anxiety.
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