42nd Symposium of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) in Cyprus

29 March 2019

 “Cultural Heritage: Knowledge, development, evolution”

The 42nd Symposium of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network (ASPnet) in Cyprus will take place on 4-5 April 2019, in Omodos, and is titled “Cultural Heritage: Knowledge, development, evolution”. The Symposium is organized by the Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO and the ASPnet National Coordination, the Omodos Gymnasium, the Apostles Peter and Paul Lyceum, the Laniteio Lyceum and the Ayios Antonios Lyceum, and it will be attended by approximately 300 students and teachers from primary and secondary schools from both Cyprus and Greece.

The organisation of the Symposium is part of the general programme of the UNESCO ASPnet in Cyprus, entitled “Global Citizenship and Heritage Education” (2018-2019).  The aim of the programme is to equip young people with the knowledge and skills required to develop their own views and take positions as active citizens, on society, politics, civilization and history. At the same time, the programme aims to enhance the students’ creativity and critical thinking in order to shape a European identity, to enrich their knowledge and cultivate a conscience of common responsibility for the solution of current problems.  Finally, the programme strives to accomplish the transition from the acquisition of knowledge to the responsible stance of active citizens, who will take initiatives beyond the confines of school for the benefit of their community.

Two round table discussions will take place at the Symposium entitled, “Knowledge and Skills for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage” and “Cultural Heritage as a tool for the acquisition of life skills for the present and future”. The programme of the Symposium also includes workshops and debates during which the students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge related to lesser-known aspects of their cultural heritage, develop skills for its preservation and engage with alternative learning methods, personal development and active participation in common issues that concern all. These will be implemented in collaboration with various cultural organisations, historians and artists and the Omodos Community Council.


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