”Engaging young people in their heritage” is a project undertaken by the UNESCO Amman Office aimed at improving school students’ appreciation and understanding of cultural heritage and strengthening their sense of cultural identity.
UNESCO first carried out a study on the opportunities young people had in Jordan to engage with their national cultural heritage. The study focused on mapping all references made to cultural heritage in the school curricula and on existing outreach activities. Based on this study, a heritage education kit on the site of Jerash was developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the Friends of Archaeology and Heritage, Jordan, as a complementary resource material for teachers and students in Jordan.
The kit “I am Jerash” is a practical tool aimed at providing supplementary extra-curricular pedagogical aid for teachers of 5th and 6th grade students leading site visits to Jerash. The kit is easy to use, contains detailed information about the history of the site and provides teachers with practical examples of in-class and on-site activities. The kit also includes a short educational film about Jerash that shows an overview of the site, its location, history, global significance and the threats it faces.