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Bringing living heritage to the classroom in Asia-Pacific: a resource kit
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
Paris, Bangkok, Seoul, Jeonju | 2022 | 251 p.
Corporate author: 
UNESCO Office Bangkok and Regional Bureau for Education in Asia and the Pacific; International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia and the Pacific Region; Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding
Asia and the Pacific

Promote Transformative Education Through Integrating Living Heritage in Schools

Integrating living heritage in school teaching and learning can enhance education quality, enliven the experiences of students and teachers, and contribute to keeping this heritage alive for current and future generations. In addition, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has also demonstrated, living heritage can play an important role in ensuring the well-being and resilience of communities. UNESCO encourages countries to safeguard living heritage through formal and non-formal education. From the end of 2019 to early 2022, UNESCO has been working with partners to implement a pilot project “Teaching and Learning with Living Heritage in Schools” in six countries in Asia and the Pacific - including Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Republic of Korea and Thailand. Over 1900 students from 21 schools had the opportunity to participate in these innovative classes. Throughout the process, 86 teachers, with more than two thirds being women, have developed and tested 101 lesson plans and activities. This Resource Kit provides step-by-step guidance and key resources on why and how to integrate living heritage in lessons and extracurricular activities in schools. Whoever you are – policy-maker, school director, teacher, student, parent, heritage practitioner – you have a vital role to play in this process.

Resource Type: 
Curriculum, teaching-learning materials and guides
Diversity / cultural literacy / inclusive
Sustainable development / sustainability
Transformative initiatives / Transformative pedagogies
Level of education: 
Primary education
Secondary education
Higher education
Lifelong learning
Non-formal education
intangible cultural heritage
cultural education
teaching guides