Survey on Intangible Cultural Heritage in ASPnet Schools in the European Union
The term ‘cultural heritage’ has undergone significant changes in recent decades. Today, cultural heritage is not limited to monuments and collections of objects, but encompasses natural heritage, cultural landscapes, traditions and living expressions transmitted from generation to generation - the intangible cultural heritage (ICH1), acknowledged by the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Intangible cultural heritage brings together vibrant cultural expressions that flourish in our communities, such as bread making, solstice festivals, carnivals, fairs or traditional markets. It also includes the know-how of manufacturing traditional toys or ceramics, poetry duels, knowledge about nature, local food production, religious celebrations and profane festivals, songs, rituals, social practices, dances…. everything that enriches the cultural diversity of the whole humanity. The lists of elements established under the 2003 Convention illustrate its richness.
The transmission of some practices is endangered today, often due to the lack of awareness and interest among younger generations. Therefore, schools have a crucial role to play not only in raising awareness about the importance of living heritage for the well-being of our communities, but also in promoting its transmission though a diversity of learning activities in schools. Integrated in school-based learning and teaching, ICH can make education more interesting and relevant for children and teachers alike.
UNESCO is currently launching a pilot survey to identify examples of good practices related to intangible cultural heritage in school-based learning and teaching among the ASPnet2 schools across the European Union. The research focuses on teachers that educate learners from 11 to 18 years old (primary and secondary schools). The objective is to assess the use of ICH in schools and to gather experiences from different contexts that could inspire schools and teachers to develop similar activities. As a first step, the collected experiences will be used to develop guidance materials for school teachers on how to integrate intangible cultural heritage in schools (within the existing curricula, but also in extra-curricular activities).
We would be very grateful if you could fill in the short survey that follows. It should not take you more than 15-20 minutes and can be filled-in directly online or downloaded here and submitted as an attachment in word format. The survey is also available in Spanish, French, Portuguese. Please be assured that your responses will remain confidential and will be used in an aggregated form only.
Your participation is very important for the success of this project and we thank you in advance for your time. Please answer the survey before Friday 20 September 2019.
To navigate the survey, please kindly use only the ‘Previous’ and ‘Next’ buttons at the bottom of the screen (in green). If you start filling in the survey but would like to save it and finalize it later, please use the ‘Resume later’ option at the upper right corner (visible once you launch the survey).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to consult UNESCO’s webpages3, the dedicated project webpage, or contact us at survey.ichUNESCO@gmail.com with copy to Ms I.M. Tamas, Assistant Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1Sometimes also referred to as ‘living heritage’.