UNESCO Joined Online Teachers Training on Intangible Cultural Heritage in Education From June 21st to July 28th, 2021
Within the framework of the UNESCO pilot project “Safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in formal education in Cambodia’’ aiming at testing a series of arts education lessons in view to prepare the integration of the Culture and Arts Education into national curriculum, funded by the Chengdu Culture and Tourism Foundation in China, the Cambodian Living Arts (CLA) organized the first Teachers Training workshop on the 21st of June. This workshop is organized in close collaboration with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts (MoCFA), the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS) and UNESCO. 28 participants including representatives from these Ministries, and trainers and teachers from O’Bek Om Practice School of the Teacher Education College (TEC) in Phnom Penh and Battambang provinces, attended the workshop.
The first session of the teachers training workshop was about the introduction of UNESCO 2003 Convention, i.e., key concepts of the five domains of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH); and the roles of the governments, NGOs, academia, media, and communities for the safeguarding of ICH. The subsequent sessions focused on the preparation of lesson plans and the testing of pedagogical materials to teach ICH in schools. ICH elements of the topics cover Mat (herbal fibers) weaving, Khmer kite, Mahori music, mask production, Pin Peat Music, Sbek Thom and the Royal Ballet.
A series of 12 teachers training online sessions was held every Monday and Wednesday from June 21 to July 28, 2021, to guide social lecturers, who teach at the secondary schools and assist trainers on how to teach an Intangible Cultural Heritage subject in schools across Cambodia.
The project team is planning to test the prepared materials online during the next coming months with students of O’Bek Om Practice School of the Teacher Education College.
At the end of the project, a detailed report of the pilot project results, especially the inputs from the teachers and Cambodian Living Arts will be submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport to prepare the integration of the Culture and Arts Education into national curriculum of Lower Secondary level and TEC level.The project team is planning to test the prepared materials online during the next coming months with students of O’Bek Om Practice School of the Teacher Education College.