World Heritage Education Programme
The UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme, initiated as a UNESCO special project in 1994, gives young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage.
The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention).
World Heritage Education Programme activities
Young people learn about World Heritage sites, about the history and traditions of their own and other cultures, about ecology and the importance of protecting biodiversity. They become aware of the threats facing the sites and learn how the international community as a whole unites to save our common heritage. Most importantly, they discover how they can contribute to heritage conservation and make themselves heard.
The World Heritage in Young Hands Kit has been tested and adapted to national needs and presently exists in 37 national languages.
To date, 13 animated short film episodes of “Patrimonito’s World Heritage Adventures” have been produced.
About 20 international and regional Youth Forums have been held with an estimated 1560 young people participating.
Since the launch of the World Heritage Volunteers projects, around 1837 volunteers have taken part in 126 youth camps in 29 countries.
What are the Objectives?
to become involved in heritage conservation on a local as well as on a global level.
of the importance of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention (1972) and a better understanding of the interdependence of cultures amongst young people.
to introduce/reinforce World Heritage education in the curricula in the vast majority of the UNESCO Member States.
in the promotion of World Heritage Education on a national and international level.
Other activities (2)
- World Heritage Volunteers 2018 – Call for Projects Saturday, 11 November 2017
- Youth from Caribbean SIDS and Central American Countries Develop Tourist Guides for Coiba National Park in Panama Tuesday, 3 October 2017
- Join the World Heritage Volunteers 2017 campaign! Friday, 7 April 2017
- Director of World Heritage Centre addresses the First CCIVS Partnership Meeting Thursday, 9 February 2017
- Increasing youth involvement in the promotion and protection of African World Heritage Friday, 29 April 2016
- Playful Architect 2017 exhibition 23-Aug-2017-30-Aug-2017
- Deadline extended - Call for participants: First Francophone African Regional Youth Forum on World Heritage 10-Feb-2017
- World Heritage Youth Forum (2016) Africa 28-Apr-2016-04-May-2016
- World Heritage Volunteer Planning & Networking Meeting: Europe 01-May-2015-03-May-2015
- World Heritage Media/Communication Training Workshop: Passing the Culture Message 08-Dec-2013-13-Dec-2013