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Young People's World Heritage Education

Sub-regional workshop in Sukhothai, Thailand 2000

Introduction and Evaluation of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Kit

From 13 to 20 February 2000, the Office of the UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific together with the Thailand National Commission for UNESCO convened the "World Heritage in Young Southeast Asian Hands Sub-Regional Workshop on the Introduction and Evaluation of the UNESCO World Heritage Education Kit".

For further information, please contact the Office of the Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific.

Held in the World Heritage Site of Sukhothai, Thailand the workshop brought together more than twenty experts in education and heritage from seven countries in the region: Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. 

The purpose of the workshop was the introduction of the World Heritage Education Resource Kit, its assessment, evaluation and applicability to each country and the drawing up of action plans as to how education and heritage experts can work together to prepare the implementation of the Kit.

The UNESCO Regional Advisor for Culture in Asia and the Pacific and a selected team of expert trainers introduced the contents of the World Heritage Education Resource Kit as well as some of the Kit's many activities designed to be applied in the classroom as well as through extra-urricular on-site activities to enhance young people's knowledge of World Heritage, local heritage and conservation. Daily sessions were also devoted to on-site visits during which the experts acted as students or teachers to assess the applicability of Kit activities.

One of the trainers of the workshop, Ms. Kerstin Lundman, was sent by the Swedish National Commission for UNESCO. The Swedish National Commission for UNESCO has played a leading role in the implementation of the World Heritage Education Project since its beginning. Ms. Lundman's participation also exemplified the importance of international networking among schools as well as experts in the development and enhancement of the World Heritage Education Project. Ms. Lundman's impressions of and comments on the workshop are included throughout the following chapters of the report.

You will find more details on the activities and outputs of the workshop from the Workshop Report.