Educators and Cultural activists review pilot project linking education, culture

The Ministry of Education and Training; the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and UNESSCO yesterday jointly organized a seminar themed “Learning with Intangible Heritage for a Sustainable Future”.

More than 60 international and Vietnamese experts from 13 nations in the Asia-Pacific region participated in the seminar to review experience in teaching with intangible cultural heritage in two academic years 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 in Pakistan, Palau, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Through the seminar, experts shared ways to integrate intangible cultural heritage sustainably in course books.

UNESCO tested an innovative teaching approach in four countries of the Asia-Pacific region: Pakistan, Palau, Uzbekistan and Viet Nam, promoting lessons tailored to the context of each school, aiming at educating a generation of young people to be engaged in building a better and more sustainable world.

Maintaining intangible cultural heritages means protecting human values, according to educational and cultural management agencies. Adding intangible cultural heritage into school curriculums and teaching it are one of the methods to preserve and develop the value of intangible cultural heritages which are spirit of tangible cultural heritages.

In Vietnam, the Ministry of Education and Training and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism have issued a document since 2013, guiding using intangible cultural heritages in teaching History, Geography and Music in schools in those provinces and cities that have been joined in a pilot project.

The project aims to help students understand more about values of these heritages in a bid to raising their awareness of preservation and protecting these heritages in the future.

According to a survey in junior high schools in Vietnam, it showed that around 21 percent of students can sing 10 folk songs; 73.4 students don’t know fewer than 10 folk songs and around 15 percent don’t know any traditional songs

By Phan Thao – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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