Activities

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.

Α. BEFORE THE SYMPOSIUM

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

Β. DURING THE SYMPOSIUM

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.

 

1. LET’S DANCE TOGETHER (DANCING WORKSHOP)

 

Objectives:
• 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.

 

2. THIS IS OUR LIVING HERITAGE

 

Objectives:
• 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)

 

PART A: PRESENTATION
 
Objectives:

• 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, http://www.unesco.org

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

 
PART B: OIL, OLIVES AND BREAD: RECIPES AND TASTE
 

Experiential learning: The participants will taste olive oil, olives and different kinds of bread. They will also have access to recipes of various foods, of which the main ingredient is olive oil, as well as recipes of bread.
Presenters: The students of Doukas School and the Hellenic College of Thessaloniki

 
PART C: VISIT TO AN OLIVE OIL MILL AND A WINERY
 

Objectives:
• To expose participants to the stages of processing, extraction and storage of the olive oil.
• To inform participants of the wine making process

 

From flowering and harvesting to the dish or glass!
The students will visit an olive mill area and a winery as a follow up to the workshop Mediterranean Diet. They will be introduced to the stages of processing, extraction and storage of the olive oil and to the technology needed to turn the indigenous varieties that thrive in Ancient Olympia into wine.

 

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

 

Objectives:
• 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 (https://ich.unesco.org/en/resources-for-teachers-01180). 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

 

5. IN THE CENTER OF HISTORY (SIGHTSEEING)

 

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.

 

6. “ARTS FOR TRANSFORMATIVE EDUCATION” – WORLDWIDE OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Objective: To introduce the program to the teachers – participants

 

The arts offer tremendous potential for enriching, enlivening and propelling learning that transforms individuals and communities. Arts learning fuels transformative education that helps increase students’ capacity and motivation to build a more peaceful and sustainable world. However, to fully realize that potential, teachers must mindfully structure and support educational experiences to optimize what students will take away from them.
The program invites teachers to harness the transformative power of the arts through the research-informed Arts for Transformative Education model. This thinking tool for teachers was developed by analysing data from more than 600 teachers across 39 countries in the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet). The model identifies four dimensions of arts learning experiences: Context, actions, relevance and outcomes.

 

Designed by the International Coordination Unit for the UNESCO Associated Schools Net work (ASPnet), Division for Education 2030, Education Sector of UNESCO Headquarters in cooperation with the National Coordinator ASPnet Greece.

 

7. THE 4CS – DEVELOPING THE 21ST CENTURY SKILLS

 

Objectives:
• To give students the opportunity to develop their communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking skills.
• To foster autonomous learning.

 

This workshop addresses the students to help them autonomously implement the 21st century skills: communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. These skills are considered to be the most important ones for the personal, social, and professional life of modern students.
Students will be divided into groups that consist of participants from different countries. Each group will work on a specific task to create a project vision that will be presented to the rest of the participants. To that purpose, the students will have to communicate effectively, collaborate with others, use complex critical thinking, and become creative and innovative while trying to think and act “out of the box”.

 

Designed by: Vicky Pavlidi, Educational Psychologist, MA, MSc & Career Advisor, MA
Workshop leader: Vicky Pavlidi, Educational Psychologist, MA, MSc & Career Advisor, MA

 

8. YOUTH CULTURE ACROSS BORDERS

 

Objectives:
• To explore what young people have in common across boarders.
• To create a collage/poster that presents the shared youth culture across borders.

 

This is a workshop designed by the youth, the Danish UNESCO Youth Ambassador Team, for the youth, the students. Four different topics related to youth culture will be explored:
• Music
• Style/Expression
• Role models
• Social media

 

What do young people around the world have in common? How do they envision their shared youth culture? The students will work in groups that consist from different delegations. The outcome of their discussions will be recorded in a creative , fun way: they will create a collage which they will present to other students.

 

Designed by: Danish UNESCO Youth Ambassador Team
Workshop leaders: Danish UNESCO Youth Ambassador team