World Heritage Education
World Heritage Sites are part of our shared global heritage. The World Heritage designation helps preserve and protect the sites for future generations. Engaging young people in this work is essential and UNESCO has developed the World Heritage in Young Hands Education Kit to help raise awareness about the importance of looking after our cultural and natural heritage. Members of UNESCO Associated Schools across the world has helped shape the education kit which has now been translated into 30 languages.
Making Sense of Our Sites
World Heritage Education is a key theme for many members of UNESCO Associated Schools in the UK, and in 2009 the UK National Commission launched the ‘Making Sense of Our Sites’ programme. This new initiative will support UK World Heritage Sites to communicate messages of World Heritage effectively to formal education audiences. Making Sense of Our Sites is jointly funded by the UK National Commission for UNESCO, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
A major part of this programme is to use the UNESCO Associated Schools network in the UK to establish meaningful and sustainable relationships between World Heritage Sites and local schools to ensure that children and young people have more engagement with the internationally important heritage on their doorstep. The programme will run over three years and will result in a series of resources for World Heritage Sites to use with schools with a supporting structure provided by the UNESCO Associated Schools network.