The World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2024 focuses on the “Living Heritage” 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.

The activities will be developed:
• Before the symposium as a collaborative project under the guidance of the teacher(s).
• During the symposium as a collaborative project between the various delegations.


Each delegation will present an element of their country’ s Living Heritage.

The organizing committee recommends that the delegations choose among the elements inscribed either on the Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage (UNESCO) or the ones included in the National Inventory of their country (National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage).


The students of each delegation will prepare a presentation (PowerPoint or Video – max duration 15 min) on the chosen topic*. This presentation will be delivered by the students at the Symposium.


*The delegations of Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal or Spain are kindly requested not to choose the Mediterranean diet. This topic will be part of the Symposium’s program, combined with a field trip.


Please note:
1. Teachers are kindly requested to ensure that the presentation does not exceed the duration of 15 minutes.
2. The laptops for the presentations use PowerPoint 2016 and VLC Media Player. If the presentation of a delegation requires any other software



The objectives of this year are planned to be achieved during the 5-days Symposium through various activities and workshops, aiming to offer to the participants a meaningful and fun learning experience.




• To expose students to different cultures
• To create the feeling of trust

Dancing has the power to unite people. In this workshop students will have the opportunity to dance together by learning a traditional Greek dance.




• To give students the opportunity to present element(s) of their country’s Living Heritage
• To help students understand different cultures and acknowledge the importance of the World Cultural Heritage
Each delegation will deliver a 15 minute (maximum) presentation (PowerPoint or video) on the intangible cultural heritage of their country.
Presenters: The participating delegations


3. The Mediterranean Diet (Presentation)



• To introduce to the participants a typical example of I.C.H. that involves 7 countries: Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.

• To introduce the participants to a typical example of Intangible Cultural Heritage that involves 7 countries: Cyprus, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Morocco, Portugal and Spain.


The Mediterranean Diet was inscribed in 2013 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It involves a set of skills, knowledge, rituals, symbols, and traditions concerning crops, harvesting, fishing, animal husbandry, conservation, processing, cooking, and particularly the sharing and consumption of food. The Mediterranean diet is characterized by a nutritional model that has remained constant over time and space, consisting mainly of olive oil, cereals, fresh or dried fruit and vegetables, a moderate amount of fish, dairy and meat, and many condiments and spices, all accompanied by wine or infusions, always respecting beliefs of each community*
UNESCO 2017,

During the Symposium the participants will visit an Oil Mill and a Winery.

Presenters: The students of Pierce – The American College of Greece


4. Teaching and learning with living heritage: the UNESCO 6-step methodology


• To raise awareness regarding the efficient use of the materials included in the UNESCO Resource Kit for teachers on teaching and learning with living heritage.
• To familiarize teachers with the 6-step methodology to integrate ICH in designing curricular lesson plans educational scenarios or extracurricular activities.


The workshop, addressed to primary & secondary school teachers, is an introduction to the 6-step methodology to integrate Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in schools proposed in Teaching and learning with living heritage, A Resource Kit for Teachers ( This publication, “written by teachers for teachers”, is the product of the joint UNESCO-EU pilot project “Integration of Intangible Cultural Heritage in school-based education” implemented by 10 European teachers from UNESCO ASPnet schools.


Designed by Katerina Christodoulou, ASPnet teacher of English, UNESCO certified educator for the integration of ICH in school education, conducted in cooperation with Vera Dilari, National Coordinator ASPnet Greece and Elena Bazini, Archaeologist-Social Anthropologist, Directorate of Modern Cultural Heritage, Hellenic Ministry of Culture




Objective: To introduce the participants to the ancient Greek culture and civilization


The activities involve a visit to the archaeological sites of Olympia and the Archaeological Museum. The Archaeological Museum of Olympia is one of the most important museums in Greece and contains priceless artifacts. The museum holds the sculptural decoration of the temple of Zeus, which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It is also home to the Nike of Paionios, the famous Hermes of Praxiteles, an outstanding collection of bronze objects (the largest and richest of its kind in the world), and many more unique exhibits.