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On-site heritage preservation for high-school students in Amman

Special article from The Jordan Times

C.Graz - Amman Citadel

About 30 high school students from Malta and Jordan were brought together in Amman to learn about a very special subject: heritage conservation. The 5-day workshop was organised by the EU funded ELAICH project, within the framework of the Euromed Heritage 4 programme. The purpose was notably to give teenage students a valuable insight into Petra, the 2,000-year-old capital of the Nabataean civilisation, in an effort to raise awareness about cultural heritage sites.

Participants included a group of Jordanian students and a group of Maltese students, who had already participated in a similar ELAICH course in Malta earlier this year. The initiative comprised of both a theoretical part and an on-site session in the Amman Citadel. Subjects varied from air pollution and preventive conservation, to historic building materials and techniques of conservation processes.

The project is being carried out in coordination with the Education Ministries of respective countries. “The main challenges we are facing – said the Euromed Heritage 4 expert Christophe Graz to a group of journalists on the spot - are how to make this kind of projects sustainable and get governments interested”.

"This is a unique opportunity to encourage international intercultural dialogue between course participants in the field of cultural heritage protection," said Dr. Anna Lobovikov-Katz, Coordinator of ELAICH. "By bringing together high-school students from Jordan and Malta for five full days we can demonstrate the effectiveness of the pedagogical concept developed by ELAICH."

This is how The Jordan Times has reported on the event:
EU-funded project brings cultural heritage alive for students

Project :ELAICH

The ELAICH (Educational linkage approach in cultural heritage) is a EU funded project aimed at raising awareness of cultural heritage among a variety of target audiences, particularly the youth. In addition to traditional course materials, ELAICH uses innovative modern e-learning applications and include a substantial component of on-site work. The project conducts special courses in different Mediterranean countries including Greece, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malta, and Turkey

• To strengthen and consolidate mutual understanding and dialogue between cultures by the promotion of Mediterranean cultural heritage and public awareness-raising
• To contribute to awareness-raising in the Mediterranean partner Countries in particular to the importance of cultural heritage and its diversity and to encourage the accessibility to and the knowledge of cultural heritage

Timeframe: 12.12.09 to 12.12.12

Budget: 1.320.623

Participating countries: Belgium, Greece, Israel, Italy, Malta

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