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Project Implementation

This project aimed to raise the capacity of teachers to incorporate local elements of intangible cultural heritage (ICH), and principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into teaching and learning practices.

Within the framework of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, this project raised awareness and capacity of teachers to incorporate the ICH into teaching and learning in order to reinforce the centrality of culture as a fundamental part of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).

Pilot projects in four selected countries, Pakistan, Palau, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam, were conducted and developed locally-customized guidelines and materials for teachers.

Project teams actively worked with teacher educators and teachers, students, communities, local elders, cultural practitioners and policy makers to incorporate elements of the intangible cultural heritage into educational curricula. Participants gained a renewed appreciation of the relevance of their ICH. At the same time, it opened up new pathways of inter-generational transmission that is central to the vitality of ICH.

Achievements and lessons from the pilot projects were shared with educational decision makers from across the Asia-Pacific region to encourage policy-level changes, such as curriculum reform, new approaches to teacher training and improvement of pedagogical techniques.

The project did not develop a one-size-fit-all approach to creating lessons that integrate ICH-ESD into education. Rather, it is hoped that the examples gathered from the four countries participating in the pilot projects will inspire teachers across the Asia-Pacific region to create lessons that are locally relevant and which highlight important local expressions of intangible cultural heritage. It is also hoped that these lessons contribute to engaging students as active learners and to enabling them to gain the knowledge and skills required to create sustainable societies.