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ELAICH  (Educational Linkage Approach in Cultural Heritage) – an outreach programme to involve youth in Cultural Heritage

The Department of Built Heritage is promoting a better understanding of historic buildings and sites and their conservation among youth (age: 16-17) through an EU-funded project called ELAICH (Euromed heritage IV Programme). The project was launched in 2009 in partnership with four foreign institutions, namely Technion Institute of Technology (Israel), University of Antwerp (Belgium), National Technical University of Athens (Greece) and Ca’  Foscari University of Venice (Italy).

The core of the project in Malta is a course taking place in collaboration with the Department of Systems of Knowledge at the Junior College. The course  started on the 9th February and will continue until the first week of May 2011. The 35-hour course  is offering a taste of what conservation entails, and includes activities meant to engage participants and to stimulate their creativity.

The main part of the course is taking place at the remains of the Old Parish Church of Siġġiewi. Here the students are studying and “discovering” a site with a very rich history, assessing its condition and reasoning out what it means to preserve it. The main task assigned to the students, besides their Systems of Knowledge portfolio and essay, is to create a range of promotional material for the site – primarily information panels and leaflets, for a site which is relatively unknown. While learning, the students are therefore engaged in producing useful material and contributing to the knowledge and safeguarding of Maltese built heritage.

The ELAICH course in Malta is the third of a series of courses which are being organised in the Mediterranean region as part of ELAICH. Courses have already been held in Athens (Greece), and in Haifa (Israel). More information about the ELAICH project is available here.




Last Updated: 28 September 2011

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