“Transboundary European World Heritage –
a Topic for the UNESCO Project Schools”

Foto: Muskau - Hans-J. Aubert

Foto: Muskau - Hans-J. Aubert

Background:

European transboundary UNESCO World Heritage sites uniquely portray how the peoples of Europe have shaped their cultures and societies and what measures they have taken to preserve their heritage. Hence, these World Heritage sites have great purpose in representing national experiences as well as experiences that have connected peoples.

A project of the IHS supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media carried out jointly with the "Welterbekoordination Sachsen" and the coordination of the UNESCO project schools in Saxony.

A contribution to the European Heritage Year 2018 SHARING HERITAGE.

Goals:

The project aims to realize the potential of the respective World Heritage Sites by advancing sustainable international understanding in line with UNESCO's mandate for peace, collaborating with teachers and students in the curricular preparation of the project at UNESCO Project Schools, and by transforming the project into appealing, modern formats for students.  As such, the project objective is to raise awareness among European student bodies of the importance and potential of their shared cultural heritage sites, to awaken them to the places and objects of European history, and to mobilize them in sustainably developing this potential.

Target groups / Institutions:

The target groups include students of the UNESCO Project Schools from participating regions and / or federal states. Institutionally, the project caters to the network of UNESCO Project Schools, as these schools have committed themselves to the goals and ideals of UNESCO and their integration into the curriculum and daily school life.

Implementation:

In workshops students and teachers will discuss the topic, "what UNESCO World Heritage means for Europe today.”  They will receive substantial input from the coordinators of transnational World Heritage sites as well as from historians and specialists on the history and present time of respective regions of Europe. A desired outcome will be videos created by the students under the professional guidance of media educators; these videos will be later made public on a dedicated digital platform. In addition, exercise sheets will be created by teachers for classroom instruction within the UNESCO schools network.

Detailed project description

Seenlandschaft der Alten Grube Hermann bei Weißwasser/O.L. / Krajobraz jezior na terenie dawnej kopalni Hermann w okolicach Weißwasser/O.L. / Picture: Peter Radke, LMBV

Seenlandschaft der Alten Grube Hermann bei Weißwasser/O.L. / Krajobraz jezior na terenie dawnej kopalni Hermann w okolicach Weißwasser/O.L. / Picture: Peter Radke, LMBV

Muskauer Park – Park Mużakowski; Foto: Stiftung „Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau“

Muskauer Park – Park Mużakowski; Foto: Stiftung „Fürst-Pückler-Park Bad Muskau“

Spaziergang durch den Geopfad Alte Grube Babina

Spaziergang durch den Geopfad Alte Grube Babina bei Łęknica / Spacer po terenie dawnej kopalni Babina w okolicach Łęknicy/ Picture: Geschäftsstelle UNESCO Global Geopark Muskauer Faltenbogen / Łuk Mużakowa