Why This Course?
New lessons are learned with each crisis that affect heritage sites and objects of cultural significance. The conservation of heritage structures and objects is a systematic process that helps organizations understand and prioritize actions to minimize heritage loss and preserve existing limited heritage resources.
Educational institutions like any other cultural heritage organization, need local and sustainable conservation strategies that can empower both teachers and students. Professional heritage workers must coordinate these strategies with senior high schools at the practice level to know the basic and advanced measures for securing and stabilizing damaged cultural heritage structures and objects. These strategies shall offer SHS teachers a platform which they could share with their students and adapt resources to fit their own learning environment.
After the course, participants will be invited to submit proposals that may include training workshops, instructional plans and curriculum outlines designed for senior high school students. The goal is to share knowledge gained at the course and contribute to the expansion of learning on the conservation of movable and immovable heritage objects at the regional and national levels.
Course Objectives and Expected Results
The main purpose of the course is to train secondary school teachers and create an effective heritage task force among senior high schools in the conservation of heritage structures and objects and management of risks to cultural heritage recognized at the regional and/or national levels.
The course primarily aims to develop participants’ knowledge and skills through the following key areas:
- International documents on conservation
- Conservation supplies
- Conservation, documentation and examination
- Philippine heritage objects
- Conservation of rare documents
- Conservation of textile objects
- Conservation of wood objects
- Conservation of monuments
The training will include lectures addressing theory and principles along with practical sessions and hands-on exercises, and thus requires active participation. These will be in the form of interactive lectures, demonstrations, presentations, group discussions, site visits and case studies. Simulation of emergency situations throughout the course will enhance participants’ skills to work in teams, negotiate protection of cultural heritage and take appropriate action during a time of stress and chaos.