On 18 December 2018, UNESCO Beirut, in partnership with the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO, launched a pilot project called ‘Learn with the Intangible Cultural Heritage for a sustainable future’ that targets Lebanese public and private schools that are part of UNESCO’s Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet). The project aims to integrate intangible cultural heritage into school courses and link intangible cultural heritage to sustainable development.
As part of the project launch, a workshop was organized for teachers from four public and private schools in Saida and Jezzine. The training workshop, which took place at the Outreach and Leadership Academy in Saida, aimed to introduce teachers to relevant methodologies.
The project is in line with Lebanon’s commitment to safeguard intangible cultural heritage, and builds on UNESCO Beirut’s cooperation with the Ministry of Culture to develop a national cultural policy to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage.
‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education’ was adopted as a new priority for the Secretariat at the twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. Activities are now underway in UNESCO’s Field Offices where there is close collaboration between culture and education colleagues.
For more information on the project in Lebanon, please visit the website of the UNESCO Office in Beirut.