The Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) is one of the oldest International Committees of ICOM. With over 1,000 members coming from about 85 countries, CECA is also one of its largest Committees. Members are professionals working in different sectors of the museum field or in institutions related to this field, as educators, curators, professors, communication agents or interpreters interested in education and cultural action applied to a particular sort of heritage.
The highlight of the CECA calendar is the Annual Conference, which takes place in a different country every year. (Image: 2012, Yerevan)
The International Council of Museums (ICOM) is an organization of museum professionals committed to the conservation, study and communication to society of the world's natural and cultural heritage, the latter being tangible or intangible. Created in 1946, ICOM is a non-governmental organization maintaining formal relations with UNESCO, and having a consultative status with the United Nation's Economic and Social Council. ICOM gathers around 30 000 members from 137 countries, with the main component bodies including 117 National Committees and 31 International Committees. The National Committees are the principal instruments of communication between ICOM and its members. Within each country, the National Committee ensures the management of ICOM's interests, represents its members within ICOM and helps to implement ICOM's program. Each International Committee is devoted to the study of a particular type of museum or a specific museum-related discipline. It achieves the major objectives of ICOM: the exchange of scientific information at an international level, the development of professional standards, the adoption of rules and recommendations, and the realization of collaborative projects.