THE SYMPOSIUM

ORGANIZED BY THE HELLENIC CULTURAL AND EDUCATIONAL CLUB FOR UNESCO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE HELLENIC NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR UNESCO AND THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC ACADEMY

The Annual World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium is being held on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The Symposium is a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals promoting “Education 2030” focused on SDG 4.7 as well as SDG17. It is also supported by the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC).  The official language of the Symposium is English.

THE AIM

The symposium aims to bring together students and teachers from all over the world in order to raise cultural awareness, develop mutual respect and contribute to the creation of a new generation of world citizens that feel united in diversity and are willing to shape a sustainable future for everyone. This is being achieved through knowledge and experience exchange, interaction and collaboration on a common goal related to the world cultural heritage.

AWARENESS THROUGH EDUCATION

Starting from 2020, the World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium will have each year a specific agenda. The Symposium 2020 focuses on “Awareness through education” and invites students and teachers to engage with the topic by participating into various activities before and during the Symposium and by collaborating with other delegations.

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THE OBJECTIVES

  • To give students the opportunity to present their countries’ culture (the tangible and intangible heritage aspects), expose their ideas and turn cultural diversity into a power for peace, security and development for all.
  • To help students interact, understand different cultures and acknowledge the importance of World Cultural Heritage at global, regional and national level.
  • To invite students to reflect on and to propose what they would like to learn about World Heritage and the Cultural Heritage in their country.
  • To invite teachers to critically reflect on the way(s) the cultural heritage of their country is integrated in curricular and extra-curricular activities in the primary and secondary schools of their country.
  • To give teachers a leading role in shaping the future generation through collaboration with colleagues from all over the world.
  • To bring the participants in contact with the ancient Greek culture and civilization.

The above objectives will be met with the help of activities that will be implemented before and during the Symposium.

PARTICIPANTS

In the Symposium are welcome to participate teachers and students older than 12 years old of schools, universities and/or educational or cultural organizations and associations from all around the world. Minor students should be accompanied by at least 1 adult. All participants will receive a participation certificate signed by the organizers, the International Olympic Academy and the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO.

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The Aims

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To give students the chance to present their countries’ culture (the tangible and intangible heritage aspects), expose their ideas and turn cultural diversity into a power for peace, security and development for all

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To help students meet and understand different cultures and acknowledge the importance of World Cultural Heritage

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To bring students from all over the world in contact with the ancient Greek culture and civilization

THE DATES: 01 – 05 APRIL 2020

The duration of the Symposium is 5 days/ 4 nights. However, should a delegation choose to arrive 1 day earlier, on the 31st March 2020 and spend more time in Athens, there is the option of the 6 days/5 nights – package. You can find more information here. The Opening Ceremony is on the 1st April 2020 at 18:00 p.m. in Athens and the Closing Ceremony is on the 4th April 2020 in Ancient Olympia.

THE REGISTRATION: COMPLETED

The entries of the World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2020 are completed. Delegations, that are interested in participating in the Symposium, but haven’t already registered, are kindly requested to contact the Organizing Committee.

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THE DECLARATION

Before the end of the Symposium the participants will sign a resolution on the protection of the World Cultural Heritage.
The Declaration will condemn any assaults and crimes committed against World Heritage sites and focus on the fight against any attack on cultural diversity.
The outcomes of the Workshops on “Awareness through Education” will also be included in the document and will be forwarded by the organizers along with the declaration to:

  • UNESCO’s Education Sector
  • UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre
  • The UNESCO Aspnet National Coordinators, the Ministries of Education and the Embassies in Greece of the participating countries
  • The United Nations Regional Information Centre
  • The European Commission

THE GOETHE INSTITUTE ATHENS

The Goethe Institute Athens developed the program “17 Ziele – Wir engagieren uns” (17 Goals – We are committed) in collaboration with the Hellenic Cultural and Educational Club for UNESCO. The aim of the Program is to raise awareness and mobilize students around the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. For the school year 2019 – 2020, 5 schools from 5 countries are participating in the Program: Albania, Germany, Greece, Kosovo and Northern Macedonia. The results of the Program, funded by the Goethe Institute, will be presented by the participants during the 3rd World Heritage Youth Symposium 2020.

Meet the Speakers

Panagiotis
Tsolias
PRESENTER

Director of Communication at ERT S.A.
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Vasilis
Papalyberis
Organizer

Member of the Board of the European Center for Open Innovation, Science and Culture

Aikaterini
Tzitzikosta
UNESCO HELLAS

President of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO

Euthymios
Kotzas
PRESENTER

Mayor of the municipality
of Ancient Olympia

DIMITRIOS
FATOUROS
UNRIC

Desk Officer, Greece & Cyprus

Vera
Dilari
ASPnet HELLAS

National ASPnet Coordinator – Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs

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