Learning with intangible heritage for a sustainable future: Guidelines for educators in the Asia-Pacific region

Pillai, Janet and Achilles, Vanessa
Pillai, J. and Achilles, V. 2015. Learning with Intangible Heritage for a Sustainable Future: Guidelines for Educators in the Asia-Pacific Region. UNESCO Bangkok Office and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Paris, France.
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This guide was developed based on the results of four pilot projects conducted in the Asia-Pacific region (Pakistan, Palau, Viet Nam and Uzbekistan). It provides an understanding of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and why it should be integrated into curricula, as well as explains how the strategic incorporation of ICH elements and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) principles can enable learners to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to ensuring sustainable development in the future. This rich resource not only suggests steps for preparing and assessing lesson plans, but also provides examples of how the teaching and learning of ICH for sustainable development has been creatively incorporated into several disciplines and across various cultural settings. Thus, students learned science through musical instruments, mathematics through embroidery, and history through poetry, becoming more aware of the role they can play as responsible citizens, reconnecting with their local roots, valuing their ICH and the importance of safeguarding it for next generations.