The Foundation for the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage of Rabat, chaired by Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, participated in the 12th World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC) organized from January 29 to February 02, 2024, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The Foundation’s participation focused on highlighting the role of cultural heritage education in protecting the environment, by shedding light on the Foundation’s educational programs: “I discover my heritage” and “I draw my heritage”, which are implemented by the Foundation in partnership with UNESCO, the Ministry of National Education, Pre-school and Sports, and the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication.
During its presentation at the Congress held under the theme “Connecting People – Creating Tomorrow”, the Foundation shared its experience in promoting education for sustainable development through cultural heritage, which is introduced to young people by relying on various activities, including research, thinking, innovation, artistic and literary production, etc. These activities are held in conjunction with the objectives of the two educational programs that are implemented in a local context, allowing learners who benefit from the program to open up to topics and concepts related to heritage and environmental issues that are close to them.
Through these educational programs, teachers introduce learners to traditional knowledge that is in harmony with nature and show them how ancestors managed their lives with great environmental awareness, which was reflected in their customs and traditions as well as in their constructions and architecture…
As part of its participation, the Foundation exposed the methodology of its work within these two programs. It also highlighted the major figures and indicators it has achieved since the launch of the two programs, and lastly shed light on the strengths and opportunities for participants to make them more familiar with environmental protection topics through heritage.