19.10.2011 - UNESCO Office in Venice/ MDGFund

World Heritage in Young Hands: from protection to intercultural respect

© UNESCO - KIT: World Heritage in Young Hands

UNESCO, in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Culture, is implementing UNESCO’s global educational project "World Heritage in Young Hands" in secondary schools of The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Through the development of new educational approaches and the organization of World Heritage youth forums, teacher-training courses and skills-development workshops, the project aims to provide young people with the necessary knowledge, skills, networks and commitment to become involved in the protection and promotion of heritage from local to global levels. The UNESCO Project Office in Skopje is convening the first workshop addressed to the teachers from the pilot schools of the Project in the country from 21-23 October 2011 in Struga.

How to instill the principles of World Heritage protection while fostering intercultural understanding amongst the country’s Youth? How to make young people involved in a dialogue about their heritage? These are the questions the workshop will try to answer.

Forty teachers from ten pilot schools in Bitola, Kicevo, Kumanovo, Ohrid, Radovish, Skopje, Stip, Struga, and Strumica will attend the workshop and work collaboratively to develop a project implementation plan and local instruction materials. It is also expected that teachers will pass on their knowledge to other colleagues through workshops in their own schools. They will promote the project through presentations and cooperation with the municipality and other local institutions. The UNESCO Club Local Development Agency - Struga will organize an educational visit to local examples of cultural and natural heritage in order to model implementation of similar activities in schools’ communities.

Modern pedagogical approaches are applied to mobilize young people to participate actively in the promotion and protection of World Heritage. World Heritage education advocates the reaffirmation of identity, mutual respect, dialogue, unity in diversity, solidarity and a positive interaction among the cultures of the world.

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

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