Benefitting country(ies): Haiti
Implemented by the non-governmental organization Réf-Culture, the proposed eighteen-month project is aimed at safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Haiti through its formal transmission to young generations. The project was conceived to respond to the current education system in the country whose reform was initiated over thirty years ago, partly to promote national identity and culture. The Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) introduced classes on art and art history but no official programme centred on the transmission of intangible cultural heritage in schools. As part of the new secondary curriculum, the project proposes introducing a new cultural education programme focused on intangible cultural heritage in forty schools across four selected departments in the country. Specifically, it aims to: develop and present a detailed programme concerning intangible cultural heritage-related education in secondary schools on the basis of the cooperation mechanism established with the Ministry of Culture and the MENFP (representatives of these institutions will also participate in the project); train at least forty teachers to teach courses on living heritage; make didactic materials available to students for these classes. Based on the follow-up reports and project evaluation, a case will be made to extend the programme to cover all schools in the secondary system.