This discussion will explore the interconnections between heritage (in all its forms) and education (at various levels). Ahmedabad University through its Centre for Heritage Management has positioned itself uniquely to explore this theme. The session will begin with an introductory presentation (10 minutes) by Dr. Neel Kamal Chapagain, Director of the Centre for Heritage Management, Ahmedabad University, and a brief statement (3-5 minutes) by each of the panellists. Following this, Dr. French will moderate the session based on the following key questions for the panellists. The session will then move to an open interactive forum for all other participants to engage in conversation.
Abstract of introductory presentation (by Neel Kamal Chapagain):
In the second half of the 20th century heritage discourses have gained significant momentum across the globe, resulting in a number of global conventions including the World Heritage Convention, Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention and so on. Accordingly, the institutional, policy, legal and educational sectors have evolved for the heritage sector. The discourse on heritage has evolved significantly and now it is also seen as a pillar to sustainable development. After dwelling briefly on these global and local contexts for heritage discourse, the presentation will highlight the following two-fold needs with regards to ‘heritage’ and ‘education’:
The need for pursuing heritage as an integral part of a holistic educational framework – particularly at the early education of children and young people.
The need for professionals and higher education to contribute towards managing diverse heritage resources. The presentation will conclude with positioning Ahmedabad University’s initiatives in this regard.
Following the introductory presentation, the panelists will reflect on the above two issues, based on their own work, their approach to interconnection of ‘heritage’ and ‘education’, notable good practices today, and way forward for the future.