National Capacity Building Workshop on World Heritage Education: “Heritage in a Box” Project through UNESCO ASPnet schools in Mongolia
The workshop will introduce the “Heritage in a Box” toolkit, an adapted version of the World Heritage in Young Hands Resource Kit for Mongolia, and allow participants to familiarize with its related teaching guidelines as an interactive and practical instrument to educate children and youth on heritage. The toolkit was piloted in 2016 by UNESCO Beijing in seven local schools at one of the World Heritage sites in Mongolia and a total of 2,591 students were given lessons utilizing the toolkit, delivered by UNESCO-trained teachers.
The capacity building workshop is organized by the UNESCO Beijing Office in close collaboration with the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Sports of Mongolia. It is furthermore supported by the ASPnet International Coordination Section at UNESCO Headquarters.
The initiative under the World Heritage Education Programme (a joint inter-sectorial programme between Culture and Education Sectors) aims to increase awareness on World Heritage Education in the country and strengthen human and institutional capacities of major stakeholders. These include ASPnet schools, teachers, coordinators and education officials.
It is expected that the national workshop will revitalize and strengthen the ASPnet and eventually lead to the institutionalization of World Heritage Education as a project in all ASPnet schools in Mongolia.
The workshop will utilize discussions on gender to assess how effective the current strategies are in utilizing the “Heritage in a Box” toolkits for both young men and women in Mongolia. Attention will also be paid to youth with disabilities to ensure they have equal access to training and follow-up activities.
The workshop will:
- Review the current status of ASPnet schools in Mongolia.
- Assess the number of ASPnet schools implementing World Heritage Education as a theme.
- Identify master trainers for the national capacity building in World Heritage Education.
- Assess incorporation of World heritage in the curricula.
- Review existing policy related to the implementation of world heritage education.
- Assess strategies to introduce the “Heritage in a Box” toolkits as an extra-curricular activity.
Partners: The Mongolian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, UNESCO ASPnet International Coordination Section at UNESCO Headquarters, UNESCO Beijing office, Mongolia National Commission for UNESCO, UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, Culture Sector of UNESCO Universities, Management Offices of World Heritage sites in Mongolia, NGOs in Mongolia (Training and Research Institute for World Cultural Heritage in Mongolia NGO).