Strengthening the Capacity-Building of the Education and Network Office To Apply Interpretive Theory to World Heritage Sites

28 Dec 2023

Throughout the year, the Education and Network Office of WHIPIC operated various capacity-building programmes based on three main pillars: strengthening interpretive capacity nationally and internationally, collaborating with UNESCO policy, and raising public awareness.

(1) Capacity-Building Programmes for Interpretation and Presentation of National and International World Heritage Sites

The Workshop on World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation in Africa, an international capacity-building programme, signifies the first global initiative for World Heritage interpretation organized by the Centre since its establishment. This workshop aims to contribute to realizing UNESCO's sustainable development goals and enhance the interpretive capabilities of site managers overseeing African heritage sites and designated priority areas for support. The program comprised two workshops: an online session from October 19 to October 23, 2023, and an In-person session from October 30 to November 2, 2023. Approximately 50 participants from 30 countries participated in the workshops, striving to promote World Heritage Sites to the international community and raise awareness of interpretation and presentation. In 2024, we plan to publish a 'Collection of Case Studies Leading the Interpretation of African Heritage (tentative title)’ based on the presentation materials from this year's participants. WHIPIC intends to sustain the African World Heritage capacity-building project over the next four years in collaboration with the African World Heritage Fund.

Lecture for National capacity building programme

Site visiting for National capacity building programme

In Korea, the World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation Practical Training has been conducted twice for managers and interpreters of World Heritage sites. This programme is a crucial bridge for disseminating World Heritage knowledge among UNESCO, the Cultural Heritage Administration, and heritage sites, efficiently conveying current World Heritage issues to national stakeholders. In the current year, approximately 100 individuals from around 50 national institutions participated in the centre's practical interpretation training. We plan to continue providing World Heritage interpretation and presentation training for Korean World Heritage managers and interpreters in 2024.

(2) Collaborate on UNESCO policy on regional and international capacity building

WHIPIC has actively participated in the 'Rehabilitation and Development of the Great Zimbabwe National Monument World Heritage site project(2023-2024)' in collaboration with the UNESCO South Africa Office since the beginning of this year. As a dedicated organization to heritage interpretation, we conducted a workshop from November 7 to November 9, focusing on supporting the development of inclusive heritage narratives. Looking ahead to 2024, we plan to assess and update the content of the visitor center's exhibitions with the newly developed narrative, aligning with UNESCO's policy priorities for Africa.

AWHF-WHIPIC MOU Signing Ceremony

Workshop in Zimbabwe

(3) International seminar to advance heritage interpretation

WHIPIC successfully concluded a side event at the Saudi Arabian World Heritage Committee in September of this year to enhance awareness of heritage interpretation. Themed 'The Role of Interpretation and Presentation in the World Heritage System,' the event drew the participation of 100 experts from 29 countries. Discussions centered on the current status of heritage interpretation in the field and the institutional direction for the future. The event served as a meaningful platform to share the centre's heritage interpretation work results and gather insights from the World Heritage Center and advisory organizations. For the upcoming year, we plan to conduct side events with a more practical and engaging format, presenting leading cases of heritage interpretation, such as the 'the Great Zimbabwe National Monument World Heritage site project’. Additionally, practice-based, example-oriented seminars will be organized, sharing creative heritage interpretation cases from various countries.

International Workshop Offline Session

International Workshop Online Session

(4) Collaborate and develop youth World Heritage interpretation and presentation education programmes

WHIPIC implemented diverse educational initiatives for youth, aiming to contribute to the local community by cultivating future talent in the world heritage field. In the year's first half, we collaborated with the Sejong City Office of Education to conduct seven campus-type joint curriculums for high school students. This course allowed students to explore international trends and potential career paths in the World Heritage field, knowledge that is often challenging to attain within a traditional school setting. In the second half of the year, we organized a World Heritage site experience for middle school students. During this programme, students visited various World Heritage sites and engaged in self-directed learning activities, contributing to promoting heritage to the international community.

Students listening to a lecture on Jongmyo Shrine


Students listening to a lecture on heritage

(5) Creating educational videos for World Heritage sites to raise public awareness

WHIPIC has produced educational videos focusing on interpreting and presenting World Heritage sites. These videos serve as educational materials in national and international events to raise awareness about World Heritage sites and the centre. The video lasts 3 minutes and 55 seconds and is available in Korean and English. It covers World Heritage, heritage interpretation and presentation, and education and promotion content specific to the centre. These videos are showcased at external events, including national and international capacity-building programmes and side events organized by the World Heritage Committee. This initiative has significantly contributed to enhancing understanding of heritage interpretation.


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