“World Heritage in Young Hands”: Second Croatian edition of UNESCO’s educational resource kit presented at NSK

Objavljeno 13.12.2022.

On 13 December 2022, the National and University Library in Zagreb (NSK) hosted the presentation of the new Croatian edition of the World Heritage in Young Hands Educational Resource Kit, developed as one of the main tools of the World Heritage Education Programme, run by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Jointly published by the Croatian Commission for UNESCO, the presentation’s organiser operating as part of the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Media, Croatian Ministry of Science and Education, Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education and UNESCO, the Kit’s latest Croatian edition comes eleven years after the release of the Kit’s first, 2011 Croatian edition.

A segment of the front page of World Heritage in Young Hands Educational Resource Kit, developed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The presentation programme was opened by the Secretary-General of the Croatian Commission for UNESCO Rut Carek, the editor of the Kit’s 2022 Croatian edition. The programme also included addresses by the NSK Director General Dr Ivanka Stričević, President of the Croatian Commission for UNESCO and Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Zvonko Kusić, Croatian Minister of Science and Education Dr Radovan Fuchs and Croatian Minister of Culture and Media Dr Nina Obuljen Koržinek.

The National and University Library in Zagreb is always glad to be part of programmes promoting heritage, its values and ways to preserve it. It is particularly worthy when such initiatives address young people, since through efforts aimed at their education and making them aware of the significance of heritage for present and future generations we are creating a world of responsible citizens not flinching from their social responsibility, said NSK Director General Dr Stričević.

Developed in 1998, the World Heritage in Young Hands Educational Resource Kit is intended for secondary school teachers to help them in bringing heritage closer to young people and making them aware of the importance of preserving it at the local, national and global levels. Conforming to contemporary teaching standards based on integrative approach and student requirements, the kit’s rich content encourages the development of critical thinking skills and enables a better understanding and appreciation of cultural differences, thus promoting multiculturalism.