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Works of the students from the participating cities of the 2015-2016 edition


Youth on the Trail of World Heritage

School twinning program



Description of the project

The Youth on the Trail of World Heritage program consists in pairing schools located in World Heritage cities and making it possible for groups of young people aged between 15 and 18 years old to get acquainted with the notion of World Heritage. Pairings allow students of different cities to exchange their ideas, knowledge and work related to this subject. The students thus become aware of the universal value of their heritage and the challenges involved in the management of heritage on the international level.

This program, which was successful between the years 2004 and 2009, has now been enhanced with a scholarship of $10,000 CAN offered by the OWHC. This scholarship thus enables one or two groups of students to stay in their twin city. The young people thus have the opportunity to meet each other more than virtually and to discover in situ the wealth of their twin city. 

The participating schools will be paired during the 2017-2018 school year.



The members in good standing of the OWHC that are eligible to participate in this program must 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 since it was recognized by the UNESCO. 


Strengths of the project

This project has many advantages. Not only there are no registration fees for the cities that are members in good standing, but it also makes it possible to reach many different audiences: students, teaching staff, schools administrators, families, local authorities, etc.

Objective: To discover another World Heritage city and to exchange with the students of the twin city.


Proceedings of the program

The Youth on the Trail of World Heritage program lasts over one school year and the contact persons will be responsible for establishing the schedule of activities of the two twinned cities, together with the teachers.


Suggested activities*

  • To divide the group in teams and invite them to study their cities and the city of the school with which they are paired.
  • To ask the teams to identify the similarities and differences between their city and their twin city and to examine the urban challenges set by heritage on the international level.
  • To invite the young people to use social networks in order to exchange more easily: creation of a Facebook group; exchange of emails, etc.
  • The teams must complete the model sheet concerning the two twin cities. The latter must include a few pictures of the twin city and short texts on the similarities and differences between the two cities as well as the urban challenges set by heritage on the international level. As this model sheet is computerized, it would be preferable if the pictures were digitized in order to facilitate the virtual exchange of the work between the twin schools. A model sheet will be posted on the page of the project on the Web site (produced by the OWHC).
  • To invite the students of the two cities to consult the Web site of the OWHC to discover the importance and variety of cultural wealth in each continent.

*Any other activities undertaken by a school are valid, provided they follow the objective of the program.



March 2017

Beginning of the registration of the schools

September 15, 2017

End of the registration of the schools

January 15, 2018

Beginning of the submissions of the works and filing of the applications for scholarship

March 15, 2018

End of the submission of the works and filing of the applications for scholarships

March-April 2018

Analysis of the applications for scholarship and selection of the winning schools

Summer (June-September) 2018

Exchange trip


CLICK HERE to download the complete document of the terms and conditions of the program.


For further information

Please contact the programs administrator of the OWHC, Ms. Andréanne Charest: acharest@ovpm.org


Related File(s): 
PDF icon Detailed program.pdf547.2 KB
Office presentation icon Model sheet.ppt240.5 KB
PDF icon Written report.pdf397.98 KB
PDF icon Stay project.pdf399.48 KB