THE UNESCO AND IFESCCO PILOT PROJECT “RUNNING A MUSEUM – XXI CENTURY
The UNESCO/IFESCCO Project “Running a Museum: 21st Century” is designed and implemented within the frame of the Agreement between UNESCO and the Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (IFESCCO) on Cooperation in the Field of Museum Development in the CIS countries.
The main objectives of the project are to: strengthen social, economic and educational roles of museums for sustainable development; increase capacity of museum professionals in the CIS countries in museum management and collection conservation; provide trainers with necessary knowledge and skills to conduct national trainings in their respective countries; reinforce museum networking among the CIS countries.
The Project consists of two stages:
- The First stage of the project “A Series of Regional and National Capacity-building Trainings for CIS Countries in Museum Management Based on UNESCO/ICOM Museum Studies Training Package” (2008-2010) was implemented with conceptual, organizational and financial support of the UNESCO Moscow Office, the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office, the UNESCO Office in Tashkent and the Intergovernmental Foundation for Educational, Scientific and Cultural Cooperation (IFESCCO). This Project included following activities:
- Organization of Regional Museum Training-for-Trainers in St. Petersburg
- Organization of National Museum Trainings in Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, the Republic of Moldova and Russia
- Preparing and publishing of bilingual Russian/English Presentational and Educational Resource Kit of the UNESCO/IFESCCO Project with DVD
- The Regional Conference of Museum Specialists of the CIS countries “Running a Museum – XXI Century” was held in April 2010 in Minsk (Republic of Belarus. The Conference was a concluding presentational event of the first stage of the Pilot Project.
- Following up a series of national capacity-building trainings for museum specialists the current Second stage of the Project “Running a Museum – 21st Century: Thematic Regional Capacity-building UNESCO/ICOM Trainings and Expert Meetings for CIS countries” will comprise a cycle of Regional capacity-building thematic trainings on museum management for CIS countries to be organized in 2011-2014 with involvement of 10 CIS countries, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
The project is aiming at the enhancement of educational role of museums with the purpose to attract new public, including men, women, boys and girls. The project activities are also focused on improvement of the place of museums in sustainable tourism development, taking it as a vector for economic development.
It is envisaged that the cycle of trainings will include 8 thematic trainings and 2 expert meetings carried out in partnership with the leading museums and in close cooperation with the Ministries of Culture and ICOM of CIS countries. Thematic areas are identified with consideration of the results and recommendations developed in the framework of the UNESCO/IFESCCO Pilot Project implemented in 2008-2010. In 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 project has significantly contributed to the implementation of cultural policies on improving the museum practice and safeguarding of the cultural heritage. It raised the national and international profile of many national museums and encouraged their further development. The trainings highlighted the need for research into museological questions in the CIS countries and for extension of co-operation between regional museums, national museums and educational centers inside and outside those countries. This allowed for making recommendations on how to find more effective ways to develop museum activities in the CIS countries.