AWHF Workshop on World Heritage Interpretation & Presentation in Africa 2023 | APPLY NOW

Applications are currently ongoing for the AWHF Workshop on World Heritage Interpretation & Presentation in Africa 2023. The International Centre for the Interpretation and Presentation of World Heritage Sites (WHIPIC) and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), in collaboration with the National Heritage Council and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture of Namibia, are hosting a Workshop on World Heritage Interpretation and Presentation in Africa.

AWHF Workshop on World Heritage Interpretation & Presentation in Africa

This workshop will take place from October 31 to November 2nd, 2023, at either Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes in Namibia. The Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea is providing support for this important initiative.

AWHF Workshop on World Heritage Interpretation & Presentation in Africa

The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the skills and abilities of site managers in Africa, empowering them to create effective tools and strategies for presenting and interpreting World Heritage. This will be achieved through participatory approaches that involve engaging local communities in the process. By fostering collaboration and involvement, the workshop aims to strengthen the capacities of site managers to effectively showcase and communicate the significance of World Heritage sites in Africa.

Format Of The Workshop

The Forum will be divided into two phases. The initial phase will take place online, focusing on providing participants with the necessary theoretical knowledge and background on interpreting and presenting World Heritage. The second phase will be an in-person workshop held at the Twyfelfontein or /Ui-//aes World Heritage Site in Namibia. During this phase, participants will have the chance to actively participate in practical exercises and go deeper into the theoretical discussions, using a specific case study as their focus. This immersive experience will include site visits and engaging with key stakeholders at Twyfelfontein, further enhancing the hands-on learning process.

AWHF Workshop on World Heritage Interpretation & Presentation in Africa – Case Study

As part of the application form, each participant must submit a case study, approximately 500 words in length, describing a heritage site they have personal experience with. This case study will be presented during the course and will provide participants with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of World Heritage in the region.

The case study should consist of the following sections:

  • Description of the site: This section should provide a contextual overview of the site within the realm of World Heritage.
  • Conservation, management, interpretation, and presentation of the property: Here, participants should outline the efforts made in conserving, managing, interpreting, and presenting the heritage site.
  • Challenges facing the property regarding interpretation and presentation: In this section, participants are encouraged to identify and discuss the challenges that the site faces in terms of interpretation and presentation.
  • Good practices in the interpretation and presentation of the property: Finally, participants should highlight any successful approaches or strategies employed in the interpretation and presentation of the heritage site.

By including these sections, participants will offer a comprehensive analysis of their chosen heritage site, covering its context, conservation efforts, challenges, and examples of successful interpretation and presentation practices.

Participation Cost

  • WHIPIC, AWHF, and the Government of Namibia will cover all expenses for participants. This will include covering the cost of roundtrip travel tickets to the workshop and providing accommodation, meals, and local transportation.

Evaluation Criteria

Selection for the workshop will be based on the following criteria:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the field of cultural and natural heritage, with specific expertise in World Heritage sites.
  • Proficiency in the workshop’s working language (English), including speaking, reading, and writing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the World Heritage Convention and the Operational Guidelines for its implementation.
  • Experience in heritage conservation and management, interpretation and presentation, research, data analysis, and report writing within the realm of cultural and natural heritage.
  • Active interest in and motivation to engage in the field of World Heritage.
  • Consideration will be given to achieve a balanced representation of countries and genders among the selected participants.

How to Apply For The Workshop

Applicants are required to submit a complete application package consisting of the following documents:

  • A filled-out application form, including a statement of interest, should explain the applicant’s motivation for applying.
  • A case study presentation that includes all the elements outlined in Section 4 of this call. If selected, the applicant will be expected to present this case study during the workshop.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) with a maximum of four pages. The CV should provide information about the applicant’s current position, qualifications, areas of expertise, and work experience in the field of cultural and natural heritage, including any experience related to World Heritage. It should also include a list of publications/reports.
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s employer, granting permission for the applicant to attend the workshop. The letter should also confirm the employer’s willingness to support the applicant in follow-up assignments, such as writing an essay on the case study for publication if the applicant is selected.
  • To apply for this opportunity, please complete the application online by clicking on this link

For further details visit AWHF

Application Deadline

October 1, 2023.

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