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
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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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From 9 to 13 November, an online training of trainers led by two UNESCO-trained facilitators was organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in the Philippines and UNESCO with support from CRIHAP. Thirty-nine participants from various cultural and indigenous communities, government agencies and units, civil society organizations, and academia came together online over the five days to discuss the following topics:
For the final task, participants developed safeguarding plans with a view to sustainable development and emergency preparedness which could be further refined and continued after the workshop.
Electronic consultation (Francia)
As a result of the deep effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the cultural sphere and on the living conditions of art and culture workers, UNESCO created the global ResiliArt movement, which promotes a series of virtual debates with various actors in the cultural sector, seeking to make visible the impacts of this crisis, its importance and the multiple resilience strategies that have arisen from the sector.
In order to address and reflect on the differential effects of the crisis impacts on diverse communities, the UNESCO Office in Quito is developing the series of ResiliArt debates titled “Resistance/Re-existence during the crisis”. This cycle aims at constituting a platform to make visible and strengthen the resilience strategies and cultural heritage of the communities that were most affected by the crisis in the Latin American context, focusing on the experiences of afro-descendant women who are community and cultural leaders.
Following the first debate, which took place on June 3, 2020, three ResiliArt debates were scheduled for October and early November, with the aim of continuing to reflect on the responses that afro-descendant women have implemented to address the effects of the crisis, through community organization focusing specifically on the role that culture and Intangible Cultural Heritage play in local recovery and resilience strategies.
These meetings seek to explore the links between education and cultural heritage through ethno-education and technical and vocational education and training (TVET), giving visibility to the strategies implemented by local educational systems in order to guarantee an inclusive, culturally relevant and quality education based on local socio-cultural contexts.
Afro-descendant women dedicated to the safeguarding of cultural heritage.
1. Escuela Canalón: Colombia
Marimba music and oral tradition school of the Colombian Pacific Coast.
2. Ana Felicien and Meyby Ugueto-Ponce: Venezuela
Afro-Venezuelan researchers, leading the project “S
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