World symposium on heritage begins in Abu Dhabi

Filed on March 29, 2010

ABU DHABI - The 4th heritage world symposium organized by the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) started here on Monday under the theme “Heritage and Education .....Future vision”.

Over 60 academics ,experts and researchers representing 30 Arab and foreign countries will explore over four days ways of enhancing heritage in the educational curricula and the role that higher education and the societal foundations would do in teaching heritage. The participants will also review the Arab and international experiences in this field and the modern strategies in boosting the role of heritage and the efforts done by the international organization in teaching it as well.

ADCHA Director General Mohammed Khalaf Al Mazrouei stressed in his opening address the importance of holding this event in Abu Dhabi, expressing his happiness to have that mutual interest from elite of thinkers, experts and researchers from different countries and foundations who seek for ways to implant the heritage in the spirits of the generations.

He referred that the relationship between heritage and education is mutual and have the same goals .

Ibrahim Al Zubaidi, Programme Specialist for ICT, UNESCO Doha Office, told the forum that the intangible cultural heritage is considered a melting pot for cultural diversity and factor that boosts

sustainable development.

He said the UNESCO is cooperating with countries to preserve intangible cultural heritage through a series of processes including research, documentation, and registration of indigenous folklore, oral history, arts and traditions.

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