Decision of the Bureau: 15.COM 3.BUR 3.1

The Bureau,

  1. Recalling Article 23 of the Convention as well as Chapter I.4 of the Operational Directives relating to the eligibility and criteria of International Assistance requests,
  2. Having examined document LHE/20/15.COM 3.BUR/3 as well as International Assistance request no. 01627 submitted by Grenada,
  3. Takes note that Grenada has requested International Assistance for the project entitled ‘Proud of my Heritage’: transmission and safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in Grenada through inventorying and education initiatives:

To be implemented by the Grenada National Trust in close collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Development, Sports, Culture & The Arts, this sixteen-month project aims to build capacities and raise awareness for the identification, inventorying and safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Grenada. Though the country has a rich array of cultural expressions, they are threatened by several factors. In this context, this project has three key objectives. Firstly, pilot inventorying exercises will be conducted in the tri-island of Grenada. During this stage, capacity building workshops on the 2003 Convention, mechanisms to safeguard living heritage, and community-based inventorying methodologies will be held with local stakeholders. Secondly, the ‘Proud of My Heritage’ education programme for children will be implemented to raise awareness and transmit intangible cultural heritage in Grenada. The school community will be involved in inventorying exercises and a pilot programme to integrate living heritage within the school curriculum will be designed. Thirdly, the ‘Proud of My Heritage’ media campaign will be launched to raise awareness about Grenada’s living heritage. As part of this phase, a platform will be created for the general public to express their opinions about intangible cultural heritage. The campaign will also involve TV and radio spots, press releases, social media campaigns, theatre street events and a photography contest. Through the project, it is expected that key stakeholders will receive indispensable content on the importance of recognizing and safeguarding intangible cultural heritage. Likewise, local people will have consistent information about their living heritage and awareness will be raised among the general public. In carrying out the activities mentioned above, the State Party will build capacities and implement the 2003 Convention as an international policy on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.

  1. Further takes note that:
    1. this assistance is to support a project implemented at the national level, in accordance with Article 20 (c) of the Convention;
    2. the State Party has requested International Assistance that will partly take the form of services from the Secretariat to the State; and
    3. the assistance therefore takes the form of the provision of a grant and of services from UNESCO (the provision of experts, the training of the necessary staff, the development of standard-setting measures and the supply of equipment), pursuant to Article 21 (b), (c), (d), (f) and (g) of the Convention;
  1. Also takes note that Grenada has requested assistance in the amount of US$99,862 from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund for the implementation of this project, which will be jointly implemented by the Grenada National Trust and the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean in Kingston;
  2. Understands that the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean in Kingston will be responsible for the provision of international expertise for capacity-building activities and the establishment of the related contracts and will provide support to monitoring, evaluation and reporting activities (17 per cent of the requested amount), while the requesting State will be responsible for the coordination and monitoring of the project, logistical organization of capacity-building activities, provision of national experts, pilot inventorying exercises, education and awareness-raising activities and the purchase of equipment (83 per cent of the requested amount), as described in the request;
  3. Decides that, from the information provided in file no. 01627, the request responds as follows to the criteria for granting International Assistance given in paragraphs 10 and 12 of the Operational Directives:

Criterion A.1: This project intends to address the interest expressed by communities in safeguarding their intangible cultural heritage during the project ‘A Sustainable Heritage Endorsement Programme-Output 4’, which was dedicated to the development of viable and responsible heritage tourism economies throughout the Caribbean from 2015 to 2017 in Grenada. In addition, a recent online survey was launched during the preparation of this project proposal. Furthermore, different stakeholders representing all the parishes of Grenada and sectors interested in safeguarding living heritage are convened in this project. The criteria for selecting participants is inclusive taking into account issues of gender and age as well as the different roles and types of bearers and custodians of the living heritage.

Criterion A.2: The budget is presented in a structured manner, reflecting the planned activities and related expenses. The amount of assistance requested may therefore be considered to be appropriate for the implementation of the proposed activities.

Criterion A.3: The proposed activities are well-planned and coherent in terms of the objectives and expected results of the project. One of the strengths of the project is that it engages communities and stakeholders in its activities in a holistic manner. Moreover, the project proposes awareness-raising campaigns that also involve civil society. Overall, the sequence of the proposed activities is logical and seems feasible in terms of the duration of the project.

Criterion A.4: The project foresees capacity building and awareness-raising activities for the officers from the Ministry in charge of culture, focal points for education, communication and tourism, and other stakeholders. Additionally, the ‘Proud of My Heritage’ education programme, designed in concordance with Grenada’s primary school curricula and within the Caribbean education system framework, will comprise the Ministry of Education to further participate in the replication of this strategy. Moreover, integrating heritage into interactive and participatory teaching-learning-experiencing programmes encourages the intergenerational transfer of knowledge about their living heritage. All these elements strengthen national efforts to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage of Grenada.

Criterion A.5: The submitting State Party will contribute 27 per cent and other partners will contribute a further 11 per cent of the total amount of the project for which International Assistance is requested from the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund.

Criterion A.6: The project places a strong emphasis on building capacities of communities to strengthen knowledge and awareness on identifying and safeguarding living heritage in Grenada. The creation of school curricula on this subject, brings together the culture and education sectors and enhances opportunities to replicate capacity-building methodologies on intangible cultural heritage.

Criterion A.7: Grenada has not previously received any financial assistance from UNESCO under the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund of the 2003 Convention to implement similar or related activities in the field of intangible cultural heritage.

Paragraph 10(a): The project is to be implemented at the national level and involves partners such as the Ministry in charge of culture, Grace Lutheran School teachers, youth from T.A.M Community College, Grenada Cultural Foundation, Grenada National Museum, Carriacou Historical Society and Museum, Grenada Association of Retired Persons (GARP) and Grenada Tourism Authority. In addition, intangible cultural heritage community leaders, researchers, lecturers and students from the Faculty of Social Studies at St. George’s University are involved.

Paragraph 10(b): The multiplier effect of the project – both in terms of geographical reach within the country and across the generations – is expected to be ensured by its strong focus on transmission through teaching.

  1. Approves the International Assistance request from Grenada for the project entitled ‘Proud of my Heritage’: transmission and safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in Grenada through inventorying and education initiatives and grants the amount of US$99,862 for the implementation of this project according to the modality described in paragraphs 5 and 6;
  2. Requests that the Secretariat reach an agreement with the requesting State Party on the technical details of the assistance, paying particular attention to ensuring that the work plan and the budget of the activities to be covered by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund are detailed and specific enough to provide a sufficient justification of all the expenditures;
  3. Invites the State Party to use Form ICH-04-Report when reporting on the use of the International Assistance provided.