Call for proposals - survey on Intangible Cultural Heritage and Education in the European Union

The UNESCO Secretariat for the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage is looking for qualified and experienced individuals, teams or organisations to design and conduct a pilot survey on existing practices on learning about, with and through intangible cultural heritage in 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 11 April 2019. The starting date for this work should be as soon as possible (at the latest 22 April 2019) and the work should be delivered by 28 June 2019 at the latest.

Background and context

In January 2019, UNESCO in partnership with the European Union launched the new 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) will carry out a series of activities to foster learning about, with and through intangible cultural heritage in schools.

As a first step, UNESCO will collect existing experiences that the ASPnet schools in the European Union have in integrating intangible cultural heritage within existing curricula, as well as in extracurricular activities. Based on the survey results and a series of pilot projects, UNESCO will develop a set of guidance materials for schools on how to integrate intangible cultural heritage in school-based learning. This component of the project targets children and youth aged between 11 and 18 years old. The research will be undertaken in consultation and cooperation with the ASPnet national coordinators in the Member States of the European Union. The ASPnet in Europe counts approximately 2100 schools of all types and levels.

In this context, UNESCO is launching a call for expressions of interest from qualified and experienced individuals, teams or organizations to undertake this study.

For more information, please consult the Call for Expressions of Interest: English|French