World Heritage Education

Ghadames (Dr. Hans-J. Aubert)

Research project: “Welt-Erbe-Bildung” [World-Heritage-Education] – Curriculum Development for Secondary Schools

Project description:

In our contemporary globalised and interconnected world, socio-economic, ecological and cultural developments of societies are taking place on a global scale. This has various consequences for education. The aim is to take up and convey the central problems of the present, to mediate and to participate in surmounting them. This also applies to World Heritage and intangible heritage. Discussions of heritage reveal the diversity of our world and at the same time demand a sustainable approach to the heritage of humanity.

“World-Heritage-Education”, as initiated in this project, is aimed at formal learning about UNESCO conventions and individual world heritage sites as well as learning about oneself through a diverse canon of tangible and intangible cultural and natural heritage. The creative discussion of questions about the connections among world heritage, intangible heritage and diversity, sustainability and culture are at the centre of this project. Accordingly, the goal is to promote the integration of World Heritage and intangible cultural heritage in school curricula and thereby take a global, holistic perspective that positions “World-Heritage-Education” within current discussions on education.

Project Team: Marie-Theres Albert, Claudia Grünberg, Manuel Peters, Brigitte Wilhelm

Institute Heritage Studies (INA Berlin) in cooperation with:

UNESCO-Projektschulen in Deutschland
Ministerien der Bundesländer Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Berlin, Brandenburg (Abteilung für Schulbildung/Curricula) (requested)
German Commission for UNESCO e.V. (requested)
je 2 Schulen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Berlin und Brandenburg (requested)

Financed through: Funding applications are made at various foundations.


Timeframe: 3 years (2015-2018)


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