Heritage Education Workshop and English Story Telling Competition - Side Events of UNESCO’s Exhibition “Crossroad of Cultures: Bamiyan and Borobudur”
As part of UNESCO’s exhibition entitled “Crossroad of Cultures: Bamiyan and Borobudur,” an exhibition was organized by UNESCO Office Jakarta, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Culture Republic of Indonesia and the Ministry of Information and Culture Islamic Republic of Afghanistan within the framework of UNESCO project Promoting Intercultural Dialogue through Capacity Building Training for Museum Development at UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Indonesia and Afghanistan, funded by the Government of Indonesia. UNESCO Jakarta also conducted two side events on heritage education program for youth, namely “Heritage Education Workshop for Junior High School Students” and “English Story Telling Competition for Senior High School Students.”
Heritage Education Workshop aimed to involve students in raising awareness on the preservation and safeguarding of World Heritage site at local and national level. During the workshop, the students learnt about World Heritage, its Outstanding Universal Values (OUV), and Protection and –Promotion of World Heritage sites. This event was successfully held on 1 February 2017 at Manohara Centre of Borobudur Studies, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java. Mr. Marsis Sutopo, Head of Borobudur Conservation, and Mr. Putu Dananjaya from the Preservation Office of Central Java led the classroom sessions on World Heritage Education, OUV, and Heritage in Young Hands. The workshop was attended by 50 students from 14 Junior High Schools around Borobudur, Prambanan, and Yogyakarta, as well as representatives of non-government organization working on heritage and cultural activities, such as Dejavato, Gerakan Kerelawanan Internasional (GREAT), Indonesia International Workcamp (IIWC), Night at the Musuem, Kawung, and Pendopo Art Space.
On the following day, 2 February 2017, UNESCO Jakarta held the English Story Telling Competition at Karmawibhangga Museum, Borobudur. Story-telling is a unique way for students to develop an understanding, respect, and appreciation for our/other cultures, and can be a media to promote a positive attitude towards people from different countries and cultural backgrounds. This competition sought to encourage students to learn about the history of Borobudur, explore the moral values represented through the relief sculptures, and encourage a story-telling culture to the society. The 25 participants from senior high schools in Central Java and Yogyakarta presented a story based on the Jataka and Lalitavisatara relief of Borobudur Temple.
The jury panel, consisted of Mr. Yunus Arbi, Head of Sub-Directorate of Tangible Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Education and Culture; Mr. Landung Simatupang, actor, director, writer, monologue and storytelling expert; and Ms. Suwarsih Madya, Professor/Head of English Language Program, Post-Graduate Program, Yogyakarta State University decided the three winners: 1st place - Dheta Pinanditya from SMA Batik 1 Surakarta, 2nd place - Keshia Jenine S. Setiabudi from SMA Taruna Nusantara, and 3rd place - Hamzah Mustafa Amir from SMA Taruna Nusantara.
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