2018 is the European year of Cultural heritage which was officially inaugurated at the European Culture Forum on 7 December 2017 in Milan. In 2018 there will be many events and initiatives to bring citizens closer to their cultural heritage and strengthen their sense of belonging to a common European space.
Cultural heritage at school
Linking school projects and activities carried out in the class to the European year of Cultural Heritage is a good way to help young people reflect on their experiences and interests and confront with their peers at local and European level. Moreover, in view of the approaching expiry date, 21 March, of Erasmus+ KA2 strategic partnerships, “Cultural heritage” can be chosen as the theme of the project, from many different angles: Art, customs, architecture, history, music, theatre, cinema.
The European council has published “Cultural heritage and cultural diversity lessons – A handbook for teacher” to provide an introduction to the themes related to the topic. The book contains 8 lessons on Cultural heritage and cultural diversity. Each lesson unit has a thematic focus and contains learning objectives, background information and activities for grades 3-6 and 6-9. After evaluating the level of the students, the teacher can choose a lesson that is grade appropriate. The lessons are designed for a forty minute class period, yet activities can be adapted or revised to be used over several class periods.
As far as the collaboration between schools and museums is concerned, Annemies Broekgaarden, Director of public relations and education at Rijksmuseum, in Amsterdam, presents the successful approach developed by the museum. Find the video below. On the same subject read also the article Can heritage contribute to cultural awareness and expression?
One of Unesco’s leading edge activities is the World Heritage Education Programme, aiming at involving young people in the protection of the cultural heritage. The World Heritage Education Kit, and Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures are some of the resources made available by the Programme.