One of the most important objectives in terms of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage, as a factor of collective identity and memory, is the sensitization of young people. This section hosts educational material (PDF files, hyperlinks, examples of best practices) that highlights different aspects of intangible cultural heritage. We have included material designed by the Directorate of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural within the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, as well as by cultural and educational institutions such as Environmental Education Centers, museums, university institutes, scientific organizations, etc. in order to facilitate teachers to include various activities related to intangible cultural heritage in their teaching program.
Our primary concern is to provide a means of communication and begin a fruitful discussion with the educational community. The material is being constantly updated with new educational programs and aims at familiarizing students with intangible cultural goods through creative experiential learning suggestions.
In this context a collaboration started between the Directorate of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Athens Ethnographic Film Festival – Ethnofest in 2016.
A pilot educational project was created that included screenings of selected ethnographic documentaries to school students of primary and secondary level of education. Then followed the evaluation of the pilot program and then the design of educational material with the title: “Ethographic documentaries in the educational process”. The material has been aproved by the Institute of Educational Policy of the Hellenic Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs.
The realization of this idea is an interesting challenge, since the interconnection of the ethnographic documentary with the educational act and the acquaintance of the students with the meaning of the intangible cultural heritage have special value and multiple benefits. Our main concern is to seek, in cooperation with the educational community, ways in which the ethnographic documentary can be used as a tool for acquainting and familiarizing students with the intangible cultural heritage, giving rise to discussion, helping them widen their aesthetic education and exaltation of their consciousness as active citizens.
We are at your disposal to discuss thoughts and ideas for innovative educational actions that can stimulate students’ interest and help them realize that intangible cultural heritage is a live part of their everyday life and a component of our self-knowledge.
For more information you can contact the Directorate of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).