National Consultation Meeting on the Upscaling of the “Heritage in a Box” toolkit in Mongolia
The National Consultation Meeting on the Upscaling of the “Heritage in a Box” toolkit in Mongolia is organized by the Education and Culture Programme Sectors of the UNESCO Beijing Office in partnership with the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO. The meeting will gather stakeholders from government, academia and civil society to reflect on achievements and lessons learnt from a pilot exercise and discuss new ways for implementation of the toolkit at the national level.
UNESCO believes that heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritages are both irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. Mongolia’s own cultural and natural heritage is rich with a long history of nomadic civilization. However, globalization, rapid urbanization and the consequent changes in Mongolian traditional lifestyle and values are posing a threat to the preservation of its heritage. An increasing lack of public awareness on the importance of heritage, especially among the youth, also makes up an important part of the issue.
In line with the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, a “Heritage in a Box” toolkit was developed by UNESCO Beijing Office adapting the UNESCO “World Heritage in Young Hands” kit to the Mongolian context of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape World Heritage site.
The toolkit was piloted in 2016 in seven selected schools located on the territory of the World Heritage site as an extra-curricular activity. The evidence confirmed the appreciation of the toolkit by both teachers and students and showed that the implementation of the toolkit had enhanced knowledge and skills of pupils on concepts related to heritage and the importance of its preservation.
Based on the piloting results and given its potential, Mongolian authorities and UNESCO aim to replicate the success of the project at the national level. In this context, UNESCO Beijing Office and the Mongolian National Commission for UNESCO are joining hands in organizing the first national consultation meeting to evaluate the potential challenges and opportunities to upscale the toolbox at the national level. Multisectoral collaboration will be promoted during the meeting by engaging stakeholders from government, academia, and civil society. The meeting will identify and discuss the challenges and lessons learnt from the pilot exercise in terms of assessing funding opportunities, strategic partnership and coordination mechanisms. It will furthermore lay the foundation to upgrade the toolkit, with the establishment of dedicated teams of experts that will research the feasibility of the inclusion of the toolkit into the formal curriculum on the one hand, while adapting the existing material and developing new content suitable for the utilization of the box at the national level.