Call for proposals

Call for proposals: awareness-raising and guidance materials in Europe - deadline 18 July 2019

The Secretariat of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is looking for qualified and experienced individuals, teams or organisations to develop a set of awareness raising and guidance materials for integrating intangible cultural heritage in existing curricula and extracurricular activities in schools. The materials target primary and secondary schools (children and youth between 11 and 18 years old) in the Member States of the European Union.
Expressions of interest should reach UNESCO by Thursday 18 July 2019.


In January 2019, UNESCO in partnership with the European Union launched the project ‘Engaging Youth for an Inclusive and Sustainable Europe’ dedicated to strengthening the connections between heritage, youth and education in Europe. Initiated in the context of the European Year of Cultural Heritage (EYCH2018), the joint project aims to encourage and stimulate young people to explore their cultural heritage and actively participate in its safeguarding and transmission in new and innovative ways.

Within this framework, the UNESCO Living Heritage Entity in close collaboration with the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet) Unit and its National Coordinators in the Member States of the European Union will carry out a series of activities to foster learning and teaching through and about intangible cultural heritage in schools.

As a first step, UNESCO has launched a survey to collect existing experiences that primary and secondary ASPnet schools in the European Union have in integrating intangible cultural heritage within existing curricula and in extracurricular activities. Based on similar experiences in other regions, the survey results, and a series of small pilot projects, UNESCO will develop a set of awareness-raising and guidance materials for schools on how to integrate intangible cultural heritage in teaching and learning. The final materials will be first tested by the ASPnet schools and subsequently they will be widely disseminated among schools and other relevant stakeholders. The materials will be made available on the project’s dedicated web page in English and French. The goal is to raise awareness on the potential role of intangible cultural heritage in education, and inspire and encourage schools to implement similar learning activities.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist of the Capacity Building and Heritage Policies Unit of the Living Heritage Entity, the Contractor shall develop the set of awareness-raising and guidance materials in line with the requirements indicated hereunder:

A. Based on existing experiences in the area of intangible cultural heritage in school-based learning (including projects such as ‘Learning with Intangile Heritage for a Sustainable Future’) develop a set of materials for teachers and learners build around the following three key components:
i. An introduction to the intangible cultural heritage safeguarding and the key concepts of the 2003 Convention adapted for the use of teachers and learners (from 11 to 18 years old).
ii. A ‘step by step guide’ on how to integrate intangible cultural heritage in the existing school programmes and extra-curricular activities. This section should provide all technical and methodological information and guidance needed to set up a project on integrating ICH in school-based education, from the identification of intangible cultural heritage up to its integration in lesson plans (including in core subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, literature, etc.) as well as extracurricular activities.
iii. A set of at least 10 to 15 examples of existing projects and programmes in the Member States of the European Union (including the results of the on-going pilot survey), that should demonstrate the different approaches to integrating ICH in school-based education and extra-curricular activities and help teachers and learners to design their own projects.


A set of guidance materials for schools, structured around the three components as indicated above (approximately 30 pages: i. max. 5 pages, ii. + iii. max. 25 pages).

Call for proposals: paper on global citizenship education and safeguarding ICH - deadline 29 July 2019

The Living Heritage Entity, in cooperation with the Section of Global Citizenship and Peace Education is looking for an individual specialist or an institution to prepare (i) a paper on how the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage can support educational efforts geared towards the promotion of global citizenship and (ii) a related proposal for a global project.
Expressions of interest should reach UNESCO by 29 July 2019.