Little Stories of World Heritage Cities is an outreach program that consists of making pupils of a primary grade aware of the world heritage of their city. To do so, the pupils of a class ask one or more oral questions related to heritage and the OWHC answers them under the form of a video capsule of 3 to 5 minutes that is put online on our Youtube channel.
The purpose of this program is to raise awareness among children, in a light and playful way, about the world heritage surrounding them.
Pupils in primary school, aged 6 to 11 years old, from all over the world.
For year 2017, this program will be in a pilot phase.
The program is launched via the municipal managers of the member cities of the OWHC and through the coordinators of the regional secretariats. This program remains open and available permanently. Periodic reminders are launched in order to encourage the participation of the cities.
Cities interested in participating in the program must complete the online form entitled “My city wishes to participate in the program”, available on the Web page of the program; afterward, they can promote the program with the primary schools. Visual support will be supplied to the city so that it can advertise the program. Further to this advertising campaign, the teachers interested in the program must complete the online form entitled “My class wishes to participate” also available on the Web page of the program.
As soon as an application for participation is received from a school, we will contact the teacher to coordinate his or her participation and to obtain more information in order to create the reply video. We will ask him or her to provide us with an audio track of the child or children’s question. He or she can provide us with any other pertinent audio or visual material, which could be integrated in the reply video.
We leave it up to the teachers to integrate the OWHC program in any type of school project of their choice/creation.
Here are a few interesting suggestions:
- Combine heritage and arts: have your pupils make a drawing of their question and send it to the OWHC so that it will be integrated in the reply video.
- Combine heritage and theatre: produce a short video where your pupils will play a historic scene in which the question will be asked (make sure you have the parents’ consent), which will also be integrated in the reply video.
- Make your pupils tour the heritage site of your city and send us, in addition to the question, pictures of your excursion that will be integrated in the reply video (make sure you have the parents’ consent).
- All other types of projects will be accepted.
When the OWHC has everything it needs to make the reply video, it will prepare a text of the content of the answer that it will have validated by the municipal manager of the participating city, in order to ensure the conformity of the contents.
Types of questions accepted
Any question may be asked, so long as it has a historic character and that a link can be made with the world heritage of the city. The OWHC reserves the right to select the questions of its choice among all those received.
The cities that are allowed to participate in this competition must be members in good standing of the OWHC and have paid annually their contributions for the last three years. A city that has been on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for less than three years may also register in this program, provided it has paid its contribution annually to the OWHC since its recognition by UNESCO.
Ideally, the pupils must be able to express themselves, on the audio track, in one of the three working languages of the OWHC (English, French or Spanish). If this is not possible, the pupil can express himself or herself in the language of his or her choice, but the teacher must be able to provide the written translation of the question in one of the three working languages of the OWHC. In such a case, if one of the three work languages of the OWHC is not the maternal tongue of the pupils, the teacher must indicate to the OWHC which of the three languages he or she prefers that we use in the reply video. It is also the teacher’s responsibility to make sure that his or her pupils understand the reply video, even if the language used is not the mother tongue of the children.
This programme does not have any schedule. It always remains open and can receive pupils’ questions at any time of the year. It is however the teachers’ responsibility to inform us of the time at which the OWHC must answer their question so that the reply video can be viewed in class before the end of the school year, the end of the school project, etc. Please consider that the time between the sending of the question and the reception of the reply video is at least a month and a half.
Dissemination of the video capsules
The video capsules will be disseminated on the Youtube channel of the OWHC, available for all. They will also be disseminated on the Facebook page of the OWHC and on the Google+ OVPM OWHC OCPM platform (developed in partnership with the city of Quebec and reserved exclusively for the community of the OWHC network, and the membership of which you may ask at any time, by simply sending an email to the person responsible for the program).