08.10.2015 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

Protecting cultural heritage with Art

Participants holding the unite4heritage logo in a group photo after the workshop. © UNESCO Beirut

In the framework of UNESCO's 70th anniversary celebrations, and the drawing competition held under "#unite4 heritage" - a global campaign launched by UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, UNESCO Office Beirut in cooperation with the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO organized a workshop for a number of teachers from UNESCO associated schools, and from different regions of Lebanon. The workshop was held on Wednesday 30 September 2015 at the UNESCO Office in Beirut.

After the Lebanese national anthem, Culture Programme Officer at UNESCO Office in Beirut Joseph kreidi, welcomed the participants as he further explained about the significance of the #unite4heritage initiative as a global campaign launched by the Director General with the aim to protect heritage in the face of extremists. In his speech, Mr. Kreidi also pointed out to UNESCO conventions in place, and the different aspects through which they ensure the protection and safeguarding of cultural heritage.

Mrs. Christiane Jeitani, national coordinator of ASPnet project, also praised the teachers' participation, highlighting their role in promoting awareness among young people of the importance of heritage preservation and protection.

Following the opening speeches, Dr. Jean YASMINE, expert in the restoration of monuments and cultural sites, facilitated an interactive lecture about UNESCO Convention for the protection of intangible cultural heritage, and UNESCO "unite4heritage" global campaign.

On the other hand, Artist Joseph Hnein explained during a session about fine arts, giving instructions on how to translate this slogan of this global campaign into drawings. Every student will be sending a message through a drawing of a Lebanese heritage sites to extremists who are destroying heritage.

An exhibition of the final graphics will be organized, and the best 12 drawings will be selected for inclusion in the 2016 calendar of the National Commission and UNESCO Office Beirut.

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