Expose youth to their heritage in daily life

School and Heritage in the Maghreb

Published on 16 September 2010

Author(s): Euromed Heritage/Message 33

Type:  News

An educational action under the Montada project is expected in the Maghreb during the school year 2010-2011

Educating young people is both an issue and a critical challenge for the revitalization of the heritage in the Maghreb. The Montada project, working for the preservation and enhancement of traditional architecture in six cities in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, has decided to meet this challenge, which is fundamental to the future of heritage in the region.

The "School and Heritage" activity, which will be conducted throughout the 2010-2011 school year at Salé and Marrakesh in Morocco, Ghardaïa and Dellys in Algeria, Kairouan and Sousse in Tunisia, has been specially designed for school children aged between 8 and 12 in order to let them discover and afterwards promote the heritage of their city. “The activity is part of a broader participatory process that actively involves local communities.

Through the involvement of various civil society actors and of the institutions in local forums - genuine spaces for consultation and exchange on issues and their possible solutions - we encourage the direct involvement of people in the action of preserving and enhancing their heritage”, said Montserrat Casado, project coordinator.

“School and Heritage" is based on a flexible teaching tool that has been developed by education experts. Easily adapted to the educational system and the specific reality of each city, it will be subsequently developed on the basis of the experience of teachers and tutors who will implement it during the school year. Approximately 400 students and four schools per city will be involved in the action.

“Aided by teachers, the students will be asked to identify and express their views on heritage components in their daily lives: the city, the neighborhood, the medina, the house. Then, using the knowledge acquired at school in different disciplines - language, math, history, geography, art... - they will be making concrete proposals for their development”, explains Montserrat Casado.

The results of this phase of activity, which is expected to end in May 2011, will be compared and shared between two cities in each country. Meetings at national level will then develop ideas for the generalization of the teaching tool across the country. All educational activities will be marked by an international meeting to be held in late 2011, where the experiments will be further expanded for possible application of the tool in the Mediterranean region.

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