Establishing ICH Networks among Educational Institutes

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Student hangning a lantern outside of classroom during a pilot class in Republic of Korea (2021) ©ICHCAP

As a vital element in human existence, living heritage is passed down. Over the years, the education sector has been viewed as a key factor in enabling an environment for transmission. The UNESCO 2003 Convention and Operational Directives for the Implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage note the importance of education for ICH safeguarding. This is highlighted in the adoption of ‘Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal and non-formal education’ as a new funding priority at the twelfth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in December 2017. The overall results framework for the Convention also emphasizes the importance of education in implementing the Convention through the thematic area of ‘Transmission and education’.

In line with UNESCO’s strategy to pursue an integrated approach to ICH and education, ICHCAP works with national and international educational institutions and research institutes to carry out education and training projects for the future generation. These activities will engender an important foundation for a systematic ICH safeguarding and transmission by expanding the role of educational institutions as strategic partners to implement the Convention.

Main Activities

  • Establishing networks for higher education institutes
  • Teaching with ICH in Schools in Asia-Pacific
  • Building networks for vocational education institutes

Partner Organizations

  • UNESCO Field Offices, APCEIU, Jeonju National University of Education, and Korea National University of Cultural Heritage


Networks for Higher Education Institutes

Teaching with ICH in Schools in Asia-Pacific

  • Surveying How Living Heritage Is Used for Teaching and Learning in Asia-Pacific Schools (2019)
  • Publishing a Korean Version of ‘Learning with Intangible Heritage for a Sustainable Future’
  • Developing a Resource Kit for teaching with ICH in Schools in Asia-Pacific
  • Holding a Training of Trainers for Teaching with ICH in Schools in Asia-Pacific
  • Implementing Pilot Classes applying the methodology for teaching with ICH in schools (6 countries)

Networks for Vocational Education Institutes

  • Conducting a Preliminary Survey on the Current Statues of Vocational Education Institutions in Central Asia (2017)
  • Holding the 9th Central Asian Sub-regional ICH Safeguarding Cooperation Network Meeting on Vocational Education (2019)