George Town World Heritage Incorporated (GTWHI) has organised a Workshop to equip locals with knowledge and skills related to Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) safeguarding in conjunction with the 11th anniversary of George Town as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. This workshop not just to provide training to all the organisations in preserving the community cultural heritage but also deliver training on how it should be done. We were one of the organisation who participated as a local facilitator to safeguard Nillaikalakki Silambam and develop inventorying process to preserve the martial art.
The program has developed under the framework of the UNESCO global capacity-building programme and will cover the following two themes which are Workshop on understanding and implementing the 2003 UNESCO convention for the safeguarding of ICH and Workshop on Community-based inventorying of ICH elements. We were taught on documenting the rituals and interview the local people based on the questionnaire issued by UNESCO and GTWHI. The content of the workshops are based on the thematic training materials and guidance tools developed by the UNESCO, and is customised to suit local context. The workshops is structured to maximise interactivity and active learning with group sessions, practical exercises and field work, and will be delivered by two qualified program facilitators from the UNESCO
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