UNESCO and IFESCCO supported conduction of the Regional Thematic UNESCO/ICOM Training and the First Expert Meeting “Role of Museums in Education and Cultural Tourism Development"
From 18 to 22 October 2011 a Regional Thematic UNESCO/ICOM Training for specialists from leading CIS countries museums and the First Expert Meeting “Role of Museums in Education and Cultural Tourism Development” took place in Kiev, Ukraine.
The events were organized with the support of the UNESCO Moscow Office in partnership with the Ukrainian Committee of ICOM, in the framework of the joint project of UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (IFESCCO) “Running a Museum – XXI Century: Thematic Regional Capacity-building UNESCO/ICOM Trainings and Expert Meetings for CIS countries” (2011-2014).
The Regional Thematic Training have continued the cycle of national and regional UNESCO/ICOM trainings conducted with UNESCO and IFESCCO support for CIS countries in 2008-2010. The Training is prepared on the basis of UNESCO/ICOM Museum Studies Training Package issued within the UNESCO and IFESCCO projects for museum specialists in 2010.
The events were held on the basis of the largest Ukrainian museums – the National Art Museum of Ukraine and the National Kiev-Pechersk Historical and Cultural Reserve. About 40 museum specialists from CIS countries took part in the training, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Ukraine.
In the course of the training the most vital issues of museum development were covered, such as: educational role of museums in the context of modern culture; efficient use of museum resources for stable and balanced tourism development (including ICT); issues of upgrading of museum knowledge and collections for visitors of different age and social groups; as well as innovative forms of work with visitors providing the opportunities for creative involvement in knowledge and inter-cultural dialogue expansion.
The leading experts from the State Heritage Museum, the State Russian Museum and major Ukrainian museums were involved as trainers.
In the course of the First Expert Meeting of museum specialists, held within the framework of the VI Forum of Creative and Scientific Intelligentsia of the CIS countries with the support of IFESCCO (21-22 October 2011, Kiev), basic recommendations on enhancement of the role of museums in development of education and cultural tourism were developed. The recommendations are to be disseminated among the leading profile institutions and organizations, including the Ministries of Culture and largest museums of CIS Member States, with the aim to foster active participation of museums in the development of cultural tourism and education.
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