Activities

The World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2021 invites students and teachers to enjoy a fun learning experience by participating in various activities before and during the Symposium and by collaborating with other delegations.

 

The activities will be developed in two levels:
• 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.

A. Before the Symposium

Each delegation should prepare the following in order to meaningfully participate in the Symposium’s activities:

 

1. Each delegation should conduct research on the subject “How to raise cultural heritage awareness through education?”. To that purpose, each delegation should use the worksheet prepared by the organizers and send their findings and opinion back to Ms Amalia Petrova, Head of the Education sector of the Symposium (amalia.petrova@city.ac.uk ) by the end of January 2021. The results of each delegation will be used in the working workshops that will take place during the Symposium.
You can download the worksheet here.
2. Presentation: “This is my Heritage”
Each delegation should prepare a 15 minutes presentation (PowerPoint or video) on the cultural heritage (tangible or intangible) of their country.
The presentation should be saved to a USB flash drive to be delivered to the organizers in Greece on the arrival day (14 April 2021). Teachers are kindly requested to ensure that the presentation does not exceed the duration of 15’.

 

Note for the Hellenic Delegation:
Each school from Greece participating in the Symposium is considered to be part of “The Hellenic delegation”. After the submission of the participation form, the Organizers will contact/meet representatives of each school in order to discuss with them details regarding their participation in the Symposium as well as their eventual contribution to the organization of the Opening or the Closing Ceremony and the other activities of the Symposium.

 

B. During the Symposium

The objectives of this year’s Symposium are planned to be covered through various activities and workshops to be conducted during the 5-days Symposium. Different workshop styles have been chosen to serve the purpose of each designed activity, aiming to cover all objectives. Using the active learning approach, the World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2021 plans to offer to the participants a meaningful and fun learning experience.

 

Knowing me, knowing you (Interactive Workshop)

Establishing a new group identity

 

Objectives:
• To help students interact
• To cultivate the team spirit
• To motivate collaboration

 

The Workshop will play the role of an “icebreaker” to help participants relax and feel comfortable. It will encourage conversation between the members of the different delegations and will cultivate a collaborative environment. Additionally, the ice breaking game “Knowing me – knowing you” aims to:
a) explore the group norms through various techniques and brainstorming games and
b) form a new inclusive group identity
Designed by: Vicky Pavlidi, Educational Psychologist, MA, MSc
Workshop leader: Vicky Pavlidi, Educational Psychologist, MA, MSc

 

The Agenda of the Symposium (Presentation)

Meeting with the teachers

 

Objective: To give teachers a leading role

 

The meeting to be conducted on the 2nd day of the Symposium (“The Agenda of the Symposium” – see program) aims to:
a) clarify the role of the teacher in the Symposium and in the various activities and
b) provide teachers with training time so that they get familiar with the coaching techniques to be used with the students in the working workshop “Awareness through Education, Part 1”
Designed by: Amalia Petrova, Head of the Education Sector of the Symposium
Supervised by: Vera Dilari, National Coordinator ASPnet Greece
Presenter: Amalia Petrova, Head of the Education Sector of the Symposium

Dance with me the Zorba’s Dance (Dancing Workshop)

Celebration time

 

Objectives:
• To cultivate team spirit
• To create the feeling of trust and the sense of belonging
• To introduce students to the Greek intangible heritage

 

Students will have the opportunity to learn how to dance “Zorba’s Dance”, maybe the most famous Greek dance in the world.
“Zorba the Greek” is a 1964 British-Greek film written, produced, edited, and directed by Michael Cacoyannis, with Anthony Quinn starring as the titular character. The film is based on the 1946 novel “The Life And Times Of Alexis Zorba” by Nikos Kazantzakis. The soundtrack of the film “Zorba’s Dance” is composed by Mikis Theodorakis and became popular around the world.
Designed by: Vassilis Papalymperis, Head of the Organizing Committee
Dance leaders: to be announced

 

Presentations of the delegations: “This is my Heritage”

Acknowledging the importance of the World Cultural Heritage

 

Objectives:
• To give students the opportunity to present their countries’ culture (the tangible and intangible heritage aspects)
• To help students understand different cultures and acknowledge the importance of World Cultural Heritage

 

Each delegation will deliver a 15 minutes (maximum) presentation (PowerPoint or video) on the cultural heritage (tangible or intangible) of their country.
Presenters: The participating delegations

 

Awareness through education, Part 1 (Round-table discussion)

How to raise cultural heritage awareness through education?

 

Objectives:
• To help students interact, understand different cultures and acknowledge the importance of World Cultural Heritage
• To give students the opportunity to expose their ideas and turn cultural diversity into a power for peace, security and development for all
• To invite students to critically reflect on the way(s) the cultural heritage of their country is integrated in school-based educationEach group will consist of students and teachers from different countries.

 

The participating teachers will coach the groups. Students discuss with members of other delegations the findings of the research conducted in their home country (before the Symposium) on the way(s) the cultural heritage of their country is integrated in school-based education. Then each group comes to conclusions with regards to the central question “How to raise cultural heritage awareness through education?”. These conclusions will be recorded by the coaching teachers to be used in the next Workshop.
Designed by: Amalia Petrova, Head of the Education Sector of the Symposium
Supervised by: Vera Dilari, National Coordinator ASPnet Greece
Workshop leaders(s): to be announced

 

Awareness through education, Part 2 (interactive Workshop)

How to raise cultural heritage awareness through education?

 

Objective:
• To give teachers a leading role in shaping the future generation through collaboration with colleagues from all over the world.

 

Teachers will collaborate to record and elaborate the results of the previous Workshop to be included in the declaration of the Symposium.
Designed by: Amalia Petrova, Head of the Education Sector of the Symposium
Supervised by: Vera Dilari, National Coordinator ASPnet Greece
Workshop leaders(s): to be announced

 

Education 2030: When the past inspires the future:

Learning cultural heritage in school – based education

 

Objectives:
• To offer teachers the opportunity to collaborate in order to develop open-mindedness and a deeper understanding of cultures different than their own
• To underline the importance of the intangible heritage
• To familiarize teachers with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations

 

The Workshop will motivate an international collaboration on project planning.
Teachers will exchange knowledge, expertise, experience and ideas to design a long-term project for secondary school students. Each teacher group will design a common project focusing on the intangible heritage and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
The Workshop is in line with the Education 2030 Framework for Action . After the Symposium the teachers will be provided with the educational material produced in the groups during the Workshop.
Designed by: Dr. Christina Nomikou, ASPnet School Director in Greece, Ms. Vera Dilari, National Coordinator ASPnet Greece
Workshop leaders(s): to be announced

 

IN THE CENTER OF HISTORY (sightseeing)

Following the path backwards

 

Objective: To introduce the participants to the ancient Greek culture and civilization
The Symposium 2021 will take place in Athens, since the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia will be closed until June 2021, due to renovation of the facilities. During the Symposium 2021 the participants will have the chance to visit Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum and the Temple of Poseidon.

 

The Opening Ceremony

 

The Opening Ceremony will take place in Athens, on the 14th April 2021 at 18.00 pm.
More information about the Opening Ceremony will be uploaded soon.

 

Objectives:
• To present the principles and statements of the International Organizations supporting the Symposium
• To increase Global Issues Awareness with respect to Peace, Justice, Democracy, the Acceptance of Diversity and the Importance of the World Cultural Heritage
• To give students the opportunity to celebrate Cultural Diversity
• To give a leading role to the Intangible Heritage and the performing arts in particular

 

Produced and directed by: Vasilis Papalyberis, Head of the Organizing Committee
Performed by: Students of the Hellenic and Chinese schools participating in the Symposium. The names of the schools will be announced after the finalization of the participations.

 

The Closing Ceremony

Let us connect!

 

Objectives:
• To connect participants
• To use the global “language” of rhythm as the common ground for communication
• To celebrate

 

The audience will take a cheerful “journey” through the rhythmic patterns to be found in various parts of the world.

The Heraclitus Percussion Ensemble (P.O.H) will take the audience on a cheerful journey through the rhythmic patterns to be found in various parts of the world. The closing ceremony will have the form of a Workshop that will give the participants the opportunity to connect with each other by exploring the various patterns in order to symbolically collaborate towards a common goal.
Designed and conducted by: Amalia Petrova, Head of the Education sector of the Symposium in Collaboration with the Heraclitus Percussion Group