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Regional workshop for the Associated School Project Network (ASPnet) Secondary school teachers on the practical manual: introducing young people to heritage site management and protection


  • ICCROM (International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property)
  • ASPNet Associated Schools Project Network
  • UNESCO-Amman
  • OWHC Organization of World Heritage Cities, Regional Secretariat for Africa and the Middle East

Duration: 3 days (11-13 February 2005)

Place: Association de Sauveguarde de Medina de Tunis, Municipality of Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia

Secondary school teachers from seven countries in the Arab Region attended the workshop: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Palestine, Tunisia, and Syria. ICCROM supported participants from Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.

The aims of the course were:
  • to encourage the participation of schoolteachers in conservation and awareness programmes aimed at safeguarding heritage sites and cities in the Arab Region;
  • to help teachers introduce heritage education in school curricula by providing them with a variety of pedagogic tools;
  • to prepare a revised version of the manual Introducing Young People to Heritage Site Management and Protection (pdf 1,21) with ASPnet teachers, based on the teachers' comments and suggestions.

Course activities
This initiative was a follow-up to the World Heritage Skills Development Training Course for Young People in the Arab Region, which took place in Petra, Jordan, in April 2002. One main result of the Petra course was the publication of the manual Introducing Young People to Heritage Site Management and Protection, aimed at introducing heritage education in school curricula. This initiative forms part of a series of activities devised by ATHAR to enhance community perceptions of the values of cultural heritage, and involving community members in the protection of cultural heritage in the Arab Region.

The workshop included sessions corresponding to the themes developed in the manual. Each session included a presentation, and a series of group-work exercises. The exercises addressed issues relevant to awareness of the values of sites and cities in the Arab region; pedagogic tools for the enhancement of students’ understanding of heritage threats; and proposals for practical or class activities. The workshop also devised recommendations for the general improvement of the manual and for public outreach.

The workshop included a walk in the Medina of Tunis; a visit to an ASPnet school that included presentation of activities by students related to heritage protection; and a study visit to the archaeological site of Dougga which. illustrated recent conservation problems and work at the archaeological site, thus highlighting differences between conservation approaches at urban centres and archaeological sites.

Main achievements

  • Teachers collectively agreed that heritage can successfully be introduced in schools, and that the teachers’ manual was useful and should be republished in a new edition with minor changes;
  • teachers recommended enhanced cooperation between the schools and educational services, and between the ministries of culture and the ministries of education, in order to facilitate introducing heritage topics in class;
  • in turn, this event helped decision-makers to recognize the importance of initiatives involving schools and the public at large.


updated on: 27 January, 2010