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Educational Resource Kit ‘World Heritage in Young Hands’

To know, cherish and act
Education is the key to personal fulfilment, development, conservation, peace and well-being. Through education, young people can find new ways to build commitment and strengthen action in favour of preserving our cultural and natural heritage. Their efforts will benefit not only the present generation but also the generations of the future. World Heritage Education advocates the reaffirmation of identity, mutual respect, dialogue, unity in diversity, solidarity and a positive interaction among the cultures of the world. Developed in 1998, the World Heritage in Young Hands Educational Resource Kit (hereafter referred as KIT) for secondary school teachers in one of the main tools of the World Heritage Education programme.

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Budget Proposed
US$ 300,000 

12 months



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Since its publication, the KIT has been warmly welcomed by the States Parties and been translated into 37 national language versions. The KIT is based on an interdisciplinary approach seeking to involve teachers across curricula in raising awareness of young people of the importance of World Heritage.

It strives to incorporate World Heritage into the curriculum as a way of delivering core subjects and transverse themes in the classroom as well as through extra-curricular activities. It focuses on creative and participatory methods of teaching, involving students in research, in collecting and analyzing data, in role-playing and simulation exercises, in information and communication technology, and in taking part in well-planned field trips.

While the KIT has been used in practice by teachers and heritage specialists throughout the world, it is high time that the KIT be reviewed and updated to adapt the new era, under the circumstances of the rapid development of ICT technologies in education, the new trends and challenges faced by the preservation and conservation of World Heritage within the framework of 2030 agenda set by the United Nations.


  1. Conduct an online survey in the 193 States Parties, especially in schools, involving teachers and activity coordinators who have been using the KIT for classes and activities related to Heritage Education; collect their feedback and comments in order to get an overall evaluation of the current version of the KIT and prepare a comprehensive update of the KIT
  2. Develop a more user-friendly, accessible tool for teachers all over the world in multiple formats (DVD, books, Apps and online-courses), which will build teachers' capacityrd and enable the students to learn autonomously.

& Beneficiaries

  1. Supporting engagement and participation of the youth for the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage sites.
  2. Deepen youth knowledge and understanding the importance of: the implementation of the World Heritage Convention as well as the challenges and opportunities of the protection, conservation and its contribution to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals


If funds are available, the following timeline for the planning and implementation, can be envisaged:

  • Month 1: Launch of the survey and collection of feedback
  • Month 2 to  3: Analysis of the needed updates and creation of editing group
  • Month 4 to  9: Draft of updated tool and development of e-versions
  • Month 9 to 12: Development of online-course and dissemination of the tool around the world


UNESCO is committed to empowering youth and ensuring that their voices are heard. The Organization is guided in this by an Operational Strategy on Youth (2014-2021). Through this project, we are encouraging the active participation of youth, and the integration of youth concerns and issues into the awareness-raising activities carried out under the World Heritage Education Programme.


An estimated overall extrabudgetary funding of USD 300,000 is needed for the implementation of this activity. These funds will cover coordination fee for the overall work on administrative and technical support; needs analysis, content preparation and the actual development of the tool in all envisaged formats.


A communication & visibility plan will be developed in consultation with the donor(s) and will include (but not limited to) the options below:

Visibility material

Placement / Event



Article on the Homepage


WHC website: whc.unesco.org


Statistics for 2016: 13.340.000

unique visitors

41.650.000 pageviews

Reports to the World Heritage Committee


42nd session of the World Heritage Committee session (June/July 2018)

World Heritage  Committee members, Observers, NGOs, Site Managers, press

Approx. 2.000 participants from 193 countries

Reports to the World Heritage Committee


43rd session of the World Heritage Committee session (June/July 2019)

World Heritage  Committee members, Observers, NGOs, Site Managers, press

Approx. 2.000 participants from 193 countries

Social media promotion


UNESCO official social media channel, including Twitter, Youtube, Facebook, Wechat, Weibo etc.


Approx. 30.000 targeted subscribers


For all contact, please also copy to wh-marketplace@unesco.org

Sonia Zerroualy
Project Officer
Policy and Statutory Meetings Unit
World Heritage Centre      

Ines Yousfi
Associate Project Officer
Policy and Statutory Meetings Unit
World Heritage Centre