The UNESCO Office for the GCC and Yemen, in partnership with the Qatari National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Culture and Sports launched an online workshop on “Inventories of the Intangible Cultural Heritage with the Participation of Communities”. This initiative is taking place in the framework of UNESCO’s continued support to safeguard Qatar’s living heritage, in line with the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Her Excellency Sheikha Najla Al Thani, Director of Heritage and Identity Department at the Ministry of Culture and Sports highlighted the importance organizing such a workshop amidst this rapidly changing context and the COVID-19 pandemic, which is impacting communities and the intangible cultural heritage practices among them.
Inventories are integral to the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage as per the 2003 Convention because they can raise awareness about intangible cultural heritage and its importance for individual and collective identities. The process of inventorying intangible cultural heritage and making those inventories accessible to the public can also encourage creativity and self-respect in the communities and individuals where expressions and practices of intangible cultural heritage originate. Inventories can also provide a basis for formulating concrete plans to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage concerned.
“At the end of this first ever workshop in Qatar, which will take place from 21 to 28 February 2021, the trained group of participants including from the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Qatar Museums, National Commission and other identified institutions, should be fully equipped to engage in designing and conducting community-based inventorying in the State of Qatar.” affirms Junaid Sorosh-Wali, Head of the Culture Unit at UNESCO Office for GCC and Yemen
Professor Annie Thome Tabet and Dr. Maissoun Sharqawi, from the Global Network of Facilitators, will deliver the pieces of training based on
UNESCO, in collaboration with the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia-Pacific Region under the Auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP), will hold an online webinar entitled ‘Monitoring Intangible Heritage in Education: Contributing to Heritage Safeguarding and to Achieving SDG4’ on 26 January from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Paris time. This webinar is generously sponsored by the Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea.
Experts in the fields of intangible heritage and education gathered in December 2020, to discuss the education-related indicators of the Overall result framework for the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. This new online event will allow sharing the results of the expert meeting with the public, also providing concrete examples and case studies. A panel of distinguished experts will discuss the close relationship between each of the education-related indicators and the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) on quality education highlighting the benefit of intersectoral monitoring providing first-hand advice on reporting on these indicators in the periodic reports of the State Parties.
The webinar will be co-moderated by a lead expert in the field Ms. Janet Blake, who is the Associate Professor of Law at the University of Shahid Beheshti in Iran, and Ms. Susanne Schnüttgen, the Chief of Unit in the Capacity Building and Heritage Policy and Intangible Heritage Section. A panel of key actors in the cultural heritage and education fields will take part in the webinar, which will be structured in three parts:
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Education plays a key role in safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH). Experiences have shown that teaching core subjects such as mathematics, science or literature by using students’ ICH backgrounds can make the learning process more relevant, as it creates better connections between what is taught in classrooms and the children’s everyday life.
On 8 January 2021, UNESCO launched the pilot project “Teaching with Intangible Cultural Heritage in Schools in Asia and the Pacific” virtually in Nepal. The 65 participants included the mayors and officials from Budhanilkantha and Kirtipur municipalities; teachers and principals of pilot schools and community resource persons from the two municipalities; officials representing the Centre of Education and Human Resource Development and Curriculum Development Centre under the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Nepal National Commission for UNESCO, and experts in education and culture. The event was followed by a preparatory session.
The main goal of the project is to strengthen the use of ICH in formal education, and in particular to promote it in various school-subjects through testing and validation of multiple teaching methods, materials, and lesson plans using ICH.
The project is being implemented in collaboration with the two culturally rich municipalities of Budhanilkantha and Kirtipur. The implementing partner, Srijanalaya, will prepare the team from four selected schools—Janasewa and Mangal from Kirtipur and Ganesh and Naulin from Budhanilkantha for the pilot project. Each school team consists of one person from the School Management Committee, three different subject teachers, and one community resource person.
Uddhab Prasad Kharel, Mayor of Budhanilkantha Municipality, stated, “The beautiful aspect of this project is to engage students which will help them practice and learn from their own living heritage,” while the Mayor of Kirtipur Municipality said, “Our livin
UNESCO is organizing this expert meeting under its programme ‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education’ which recognizes that intangible cultural heritage and education intersect and can be mutually beneficial and supportive. The programme was adopted as a funding priority by the Intergovernmental Committee for Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in 20171 and contributes to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The online expert meeting is generously hosted by the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP) and sponsored by the Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea. It has two main, inter-related objectives: to support periodic reporting to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage by deepening understanding of the education-related indicators of the Overall results framework for the Convention (indicators 4, 5 6 and 12); and to demonstrate more clearly the linkages this has with countries’ reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 4.
The 8th annual meeting of the category 2 centres active in the field of intangible cultural heritage is held on 30 November 2020 online. The meeting is following up on the seven previous annual meetings and aiming to i) present the Strategy for category 2 institutes and centres under the auspices of UNESCO (adopted by the UNESCO General Conference in 2019), (ii) update on latest developments regarding the implementation of the Convention, notably the rolling out the first cycle of periodic reporting and (iii) have an exchange on working methods in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and cooperation among the centres.
The Secretariat of the Convention organizes an online information and exchange session for the members of the Intergovernmental Committee on Monday, 23 November 2020 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The purpose of this meeting is to present the provisional agenda and timetable of the Fifteenth session of the Committee and provide details on the online meeting modality, as well as to inform Committee members about the functioning of the Committee and its general working methods. This meeting is also open to interested States that are not members of the Committee.
Please note that this meeting will use the Intreprefy platform and interpretation will be provided in English and French.
You will find all the documents and relevant information on the 15.COM webpage.
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