Bringing Living Heritage to the Classroom in Asia-Pacific: A Toolkit

18 November 2022

Integrating living heritage in school teaching and learning can enhance education quality, enliven the experiences of students and teachers, and contribute to keeping this heritage alive for current and future generations. In addition, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has also demonstrated, living heritage can play an important role in ensuring the well-being and resilience of communities.

UNESCO encourages countries to safeguard living heritage through formal and non-formal education. From the end of 2019 to early 2022, UNESCO has been working with partners to implement a pilot project Teaching and Learning with Living Heritage in Schools in six countries in Asia and the Pacific - including Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Republic of Korea and Thailand. Over 1900 students from 21 schools had the opportunity to participate in these innovative classes. Throughout the process, 86 teachers, with more than two thirds being women, have developed and tested 101 lesson plans and activities.

This Resource Kit provides step-by-step guidance and key resources on why and how to integrate living heritage in lessons and extracurricular activities in schools.

Whoever you are policy-maker, school director, teacher, student, parent, heritage practitioner you have a vital role to play in this process. 1,900 benefitted from the pilot project students

Publication is available in English and Russian languages.

Previously, the same project produced an animation series "Teaching and Learning with Intangible Cultural Heritage in Asia and the Pacific".

Episode 1: What is teaching with living heritage in schools?

Episode 2: Why is it important to teach with intangible cultural heritage?

Episode 3: I'm a teacher. How can I integrate living heritage elements in my lessons?

Episode 4: I'm a parent/community member. How can I help our school organize teaching with living heritage?

Episode 5: I'm a school manager. How can I help teachers organize teaching with living heritage?

Episode 6: I'm a student. What can I do to keep my heritage alive?

Series also available in Khmer, Korean, Nepali, Russian, Thai.

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