The Hellenic Cultural and Educational Club for UNESCO in cooperation with the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO and the International Olympic Academy is organizing the 3rd World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2020.

The Annual World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium is being held on the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development. The Symposium is a contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals promoting “Education 2030” focused on SDG 4.7 as well as SDG17.

The Symposium is also supported by the United Nations Regional Information Centre (UNRIC). The official language of the Symposium is English.

In the Symposium are welcome to participate teachers and students (older than 12 years old) of schools, universities and/or educational or cultural organizations and associations from all around the world. All participants will receive a participation certificate signed by the organizers.

The aim is to bring together students and teachers from all over the world to raise cultural awareness, develop mutual respect and contribute to the creation of a new generation of world citizens that feel united in diversity and are willing to shape a sustainable future for everyone. This is being achieved through knowledge and experience exchange, interaction and collaboration on a common goal related to the world cultural heritage.

The Symposium 2020 focuses on “Awareness through education” and invites students and teachers to engage with the topic by participating into various activities before and during the Symposium and by collaborating with other delegations.

The objectives are:

  • To give students the opportunity to present their countries’ culture (the tangible and intangible heritage aspects), expose their ideas and turn cultural diversity into a power for peace, security and development for all.
  • To help students interact, understand different cultures and acknowledge the importance of World Cultural Heritage at global, regional and national level.
  • To invite students to reflect on and to propose what they would like to learn about World Heritage and the Cultural Heritage in their country.
  • To invite teachers to critically reflect on the way(s) the cultural heritage of their country is integrated in curricular and extra-curricular activities in the primary and secondary schools of their country
  • To give teachers a leading role in shaping the future generation through collaboration with colleagues from all over the world.
  • To bring the participants in contact with the ancient Greek culture and civilization

The above objectives will be met with the help of activities that will be implemented before and during the Symposium.

Before the end of the Symposium the participants will sign a resolution on the protection of the World Cultural Heritage.

The Declaration will condemn any assaults and crimes committed against World Heritage sites and focus on the fight against any attack on cultural diversity.

The feedback of the working groups and their recommendations will be collected, recorded, signed by all participants and forwarded by the organizers along with the declaration to:

  • UNESCO’s Education Sector
  • UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre
  • The UNESCO Aspnet National Coordinators, the Ministries of Education and the Embassies in Greece of the participating countries
  • The United Nations Regional Information Centre
  • The European Commission

The Opening Ceremony of the World Cultural Heritage Youth Symposium 2020 will take place on the 1st April 2020 in Athens and the next day all delegations will depart to Ancient Olympia, where they are going to stay until the 5th April 2020.

All details of the Symposium are uploaded on the official website  www.olympiayouthsymposium.com .