Description of the Training Program
This distance-training program is intended for municipal managers of World Heritage cities. It takes the form of video capsules of a maximum time of 20 minutes, created by the participating city and its heritage specialist. The main goal of these capsules is to form interested persons on many themes of the World Heritage cities of our network. The second objective is to raise various questions as to the theme addressed and thus generate discussions that can be profitable for all the members of the network. It is essentially a program of knowledge sharing and continuous enrichment.
Objectives of the Training Program
This program allows municipal managers:
- To share their knowledge about the management of their city via our community
- To make this knowledge useful to their colleagues throughout the world
- To take part in an exchange of know-how and good practices
It is thus in keeping with the main mission of the OWHC, which is “to assist member cities adapt and improve their management methods in relation to the specific requirements of having a site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List”.
This program is mainly designed for municipal managers and experts in heritage of the OWHC network, but also any person in our network directly or indirectly interested by the topics discussed in the training videos.
Course of the Training Program
Targeted cities (or cities that have strongly expressed their interest to the General Secretariat following an advertising of the program) will be approached to participate in the program.
The concept is simple: the city that is interested in participating will submit to the General Secretariat a few themes that it wishes to address in a video capsule of a maximum of 20 minutes. The General Secretariat will analyse the various themes submitted in order to be sure they are compatible with the objectives of the OWHC, and will then recommend or choose the issue to be addressed.
Once the theme is chosen, and before producing its training video, since it is the city that is responsible for the production, the city will have to submit to the OWHC a short document summarizing the script of the video (the format, the place where the video will be filmed, who will speak, the sub-themes addressed, etc.).
Once everything is approved by the OWHC, the city will be at the video-production stage, which is very simple. The OWHC does not prompt the city to spend money for the production and the edition of a video, as the purpose of the training video is to educate, not to impress. However, if the city wishes to spend budget money for the production of the video, the OWHC will not oppose.
The person responsible for the city who wishes to participate in the program may submit a candidacy sending an email to the person in charge of the program, Andréanne Charest, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suggestions of types of videos for the Training Program
The training video may take the form of an informative monologue, a series of questions/answers, an interactive video with a visual support, etc. The video may be filmed at any place deemed pertinent for the theme addresses, for example, in an office, a library, on the streets of the city, near a heritage site, etc.
As already mentioned, the video may be produced at very little expense or even without any budget. To guide you, here is an example that would meet the criteria required for the realization of the video: https://vimeo.com/64507793 [“Risks and Heritage” by Giovanni Boccardi]
Eligibility to the Training Program
The cities that are members in good standing of the OWHC that may participate in this program must have paid the annual contribution for the current year.
The municipal manager who will speak in front of the camera must clearly communicate in English, in French, or in Spanish.
Schedule of the Training Program
This program does not have any schedule. It always remains open, and the cities may show their interest in participating in the program at any time. It is however the participants’ responsibility to indicate, when registering, when they can participate and the date on which they plan to send us their videos. For example, if there are constraints related to holidays, they must inform the OWHC so that the person responsible for the program may set up a realistic schedule for the dissemination of the videos.
Dissemination of the video capsules
The video capsules will be disseminated obligatorily and first of all on the OWHC’s Youtube channel.
In order to make the training video accessible to all the members of the Organization, the OWHC is responsible for the captioning in the other two languages that are not used orally in the video. In order to do so, the OWHC asks the participants to provide the full script of the video.
Upon the approval of the participating city, the video will also be disseminated on the website, the Facebook page and the newsletter of the OWHC.
Training Program benefits
The Training Program allows, among other things,
- To use of the knowledge of the experts of the OWHC cities to create an international network of knowledge dissemination
- To expose one’s world heritage city and its experts, thanks to the worldwide media coverage
- To trigger discussions on the topic concerned, at little cost, and to create an interaction between members geographically apart from each other in the world