Call for Application: Community Heritage for Sustainability UNESCO Youth Forum | Lao PDR

Call for Application: Community Heritage for Sustainability UNESCO Youth Forum | Lao PDR

How can local wisdom, cultural practices and community heritage sites help improving the livelihood of your family? 

How can UNESCO help you to become the strength of your hometown?

Join UNESCO at this forum to develop a project for your own community.

Community Heritage for Sustainability
UNESCO Youth Forum | Lao PDR

A UNESCO online forum that will help you take action for your community.

Let’s learn together in October 2021.

Apply now until 31 August 2021.

Free admission and participation

How to apply?

  1. Due to COVID-19 situation, we try to avoid inter-city travelling. Participants who cannot access Zoom at home must live in Luang Prabang, Champasak (Pakse) and Xiengkhuong, in order to participate in discussion sessions at World Heritage Offices in these cities. Participants who can access Zoom at home can come from any city.
  2. For youth of age 15-30 years old. 
    1. Speak both Lao and Thai language,
    2. Love your local culture and want to improve lives of people in your community with their culture,
    3. Have time for self-learning on YouTube, attending face-to-face discussion days and going to fieldwork in your own community,
    4. Can fully access internet from home or workplace.
  3. You can either apply as an individual or as a team (up to 3 persons).
  4. Fill in this application form too. >> http://tiny.cc/youthlaos
  5. UNESCO will announce the selected applicants on 15 September 2021 on UNESCO Bangkok’s Facebook and website, as well as emailing you personally.

What will you learn from this forum?

  1. First of all, you will receive an e-Learning Package which gives you access to UNESCO’s Lao/Thai-language lessons on intangible heritage on YouTube. This is to prepare you before our face-to-face discussion days, when you will be working alongside national and international experts on culture.
  2. Contents of learning include:
    1. What does UNESCO do? What are works related to culture at national and international levels?
    2. What is heritage? What is intangible cultural heritage? How it is important to local communities around the world?
    3. What is a cultural capital? How can it help improving our environment, society and economy?
    4. What do we have to think of when working with local communities? How do we collect community-led data to build a project idea?
    5. What is safeguarding? How can we safeguard our intangible cultural heritage? What is a community-based inventory of ICH? Why is it important?
    6. Good examples from communities in building sustainable, inclusive livelihood with their intangible cultural heritage: How can the safeguarding of their culture lead to community resilience in environmental, social and economic aspects?
    7. Intangible cultural heritage, cultural diversity, gender equity.
    8. Developing a community-based project idea, participatory fieldwork and data collection.
    9. You also get a chance to ask all the experts directly on career paths and interesting projects that they are working on!
  3. You will get an opportunity to present your community-based project idea to international organizations, banks and philanthropists in Lao PDR and abroad on a Showcase Day via Zoom and Facebook page of UNESCO Bangkok. Your work and idea will be included in UNESCO repositories and platforms, which enable you to meet more people who love your idea and can support your project in the future.

 

Timeline

Call for applications 

26 July – 31 August

Announce selected applicants

15 September

Receive e-Learning Package and start self-learning on UNESCO’s YouTube channel

27 September – 14 October

Attend face-to-face discussion days via Zoom (5 days)

Participants can travel to World Heritage Offices in Luang Prabang, Xiengkhuong or Champasak to use Zoom and internet.

15-19 October

Fieldwork to collect data with local community to draft a project idea

20 October – 5 November

Showcase Day: present community heritage project ideas by youth (broadcasted on Zoom and Facebook of UNESCO Bangkok)

Participants can travel to World Heritage Offices in Luang Prabang, Xiengkhuong or Champasak to use Zoom and internet.

6 November

(rehearsal on 30 October)

Receive forum certificate and some prizes posted to your home from UNESCO

30 November