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Teacher Training Workshop Promotes World Heritage Education

“Seeing With Young Eyes” was the title of the third sub-regional Southeast Asian teacher training workshop on using art to teach about World Heritage. During the five-day workshop in January 2006, teachers and experts in the field of heritage education came together in Penang, Malaysia, to acquire new pedagogic tools to teach about the historic environment and expose youth to different cultures and world influences captured in World Heritage sites.

The objective of the workshop was to encourage school teachers and educators to participate in conservation and awareness programmes aimed at safeguarding heritage sites and cities in the Southeast Asian region. Moreover, the participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, and Viet Nam reviewed and assessed the results of the multi-year workplans from the two previous sub-regional workshops (first sub-regional workshop: "Introduction and Evaluation of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Kit", held in Sukhothai, Thailand, 2000 and second sub-regional workshop: "Introducing the Arts for Teaching on the Historic Environment", held in Vigan, Philippines, 2001).

Based on the participants’ experience in promoting and implementing World Heritage education, and experimenting with newly developed materials and methods, achievements were recognized and follow-up workplans for the sub-region established, with the aim of mainstreaming World Heritage Education in the national formal and informal curricula.

The workshop served as a forum for discussion on how to relate arts vocabulary and mediums to heritage themes and issues and how to facilitate creative thinking and problem solving skills through the arts, thereby creating awareness of, and sensitivity to, heritage sites.

The participants had the opportunity to learn about creative arts as a teaching tool and to develop innovative activities that can serve as and inspire imaginative teaching materials for use in Southeast Asia, the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.

Further information about the sub-regional Southeast Asian teacher training workshop can be found at http://www.unescobkk.org/index.php?id=3863.

 

 


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