18.05.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

UNESCO Celebrates Diversity in Skopje

World Heritage in Young Hands kit translated in Macedonian - cover

“World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development” and “World Heritage in Young Hands” will be promoted at a two-day event about diversity, natural and cultural heritage, to take place on 20 and 21 May 2012 at the Youth Cultural Centre in Skopje. The event is supported by the UNESCO Venice Office and organized by its Project Office in Skopje in the framework of the UN Joint Programme “Enhancing Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration”.

The Kit : World Heritage in Young Hands is an innovative education concept about World Heritage, designed to stimulate teachers' and students' imagination and creativity so as to further enrich the pedagogic approach to heritage preservation.

Teachers and students from The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, government and NGO representatives, experts and other guests will meet to share their experiences, knowledge, best practices and expectations about heritage diversity and development. All this, as part of the World Heritage in Young Hands project, in the interest of raising awareness about the benefit of diversity and of inspiring new initiatives providing young people with the necessary knowledge, skills, network and commitment to become involved in heritage protection from local to global levels.

World Heritage in Young Hands

The first day, 20 May, will focus on sharing best practices about World Heritage in Young Hands activities in pilot schools. Educators from every corner of the country will present the results of their projects and share what they have learnt. Each of the 10 pilot high schools will have a booth to present their project; and each participant will use a questionnaire to review other projects by set criteria. The Centre for Vocational Education and Training will present the guidelines they have developed to offer the World Heritage in Young Hands programme as an elective course in vocational high schools in the country.

Diversity for development

The second day, 21 May, will be a public celebration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. A panel of specialists and actors of the local community will hold a discussion about environment and community engagement. A second panel will emphasize the role of cultural diversity in dialogue and show the potential of diversity for the development of the country. The celebration will be an opportunity to enjoy various cultural programmes prepared by local music and dance schools for this event.

Diversity through education

The overall aim of the WHYH project, implemented in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia since 2011 in the framework the UN Joint Programme “Enhancing Inter Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration”, is to enhance interethnic relation through integrated extracurricular activities and to raise awareness about natural and cultural heritage and the necessity to protect it.

The project started in October 2011 in Struga has involved 10 pilot high schools; forty teachers - who took part in the World Heritage in Young Hands workshop - followed a training to learn more about methods of work in a multicultural classroom through theory and practical exercises as suggested in the Kit. With this training the teachers used an innovative and interactive methodology for the realization of the project in their school.

This project is implemented within the United Nations Joint Programme to Enhance Inter-Ethnic Community Dialogue and Collaboration in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, implemented by UNDP, UNESCO and UNICEF with financial support from the Government of Spain under the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F).

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