18.09.2017 - UNESCO Venice Office

Intangible Cultural Heritage: strengthening the European branch of trainers for capacity building

2013 Ministry of Culture Bulgaria - Surova folk feast in Pernik region

In the context of the global capacity-building programme for the effective implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, this training of trainers workshop convened in Sofia, Bulgaria, on 18-22 September 2017 will expand the regional branch of the programme’s facilitators’ network and strengthen its delivery capacity to respond to the capacity-building needs in European and, in particular, South-Eastern European countries. The workshop is organised by UNESCO with the support of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe.

UNESCO conceived the Convention’s capacity-building strategy in 2009 to assist States Parties in creating institutional and professional environments favourable to the sustainable safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage and promoting broad public knowledge and support for the Convention’s concepts and objectives. It became operational at country level in 2011 thanks to the commitment of the Convention’s Intergovernmental Committee and the generous support from donor countries.

By mid-2011, UNESCO had developed, updated, revised and started translating the initial training curriculum, based on the feedback from a first round of training of trainers’ workshops organized between January and April 2011. Among a series of 6 regional workshops, Sofia hosted in March 2011 the first training of trainers’ workshop for the European region. The initial curriculum on different aspects of the Convention was introduced, covering 4 content areas, including ratification, implementation, inventories and nominations to the Convention’s lists. This first training of trainers’ workshop marked the creation of a network of expert facilitators in the region.

Organized by UNESCO’s Section for Intangible Cultural Heritage, in cooperation with the Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, this new training of trainers’ workshop in Sofia intends to further develop the regional branch of facilitators of the UNESCO capacity-building programme on Intangible Cultural Heritage. It is a response to the growing demand for capacity building, particularly in South-Eastern European countries, offering the opportunity to both advancing capacities of current facilitators and bringing new experts on board.

In the context of the global capacity-building programme for the effective implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the training workshop intends to expand the regional branch of the programme’s facilitators’ network and strengthen its delivery capacity, equipping them with knowledge and tools required to deliver training and advisory services for effective safeguarding. In particular, the workshop will: analyse the lessons learned to date from implementing UNESCO’s global capacity-building programme in Europe; strengthen participants’ knowledge and competencies required to be a facilitator in the network; provide hands-on experience using the UNESCO capacity-building curriculum, including the recently developed materials on elaborating safeguarding plans.

The training content and methodology of the workshop will take into account recommendations of UNESCO’s recent global programme strategy meeting Bangkok by in March 2017. The strategy meeting highlighted the need for a stronger focus on strengthening institutional capacities at national level, the development of national networks of trainers and consideration of the changing role of facilitators, which has evolved from delivering training workshops to providing advisors, acting as mediators and as resource persons concerning all matters related to the implementation of the Convention.

The workshop is organized thanks to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, and with the generous support of the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-East Europe under the auspices of UNESCO, based in Sofia.

Links: Background Note: English ; Programme: English

 




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