The motivation for Golden Opportunity project is particularly aimed to use cultural heritage in general to provide employment, education and regenerations on areas that would otherwise disappear due to lack of motivation working forces and human drive, with a deep and shared understanding of what it is for and what it will be.
Efforts to act on and preserve cultural heritage will be the main drive of GO this project will acknowledge the need and construct a model that can be duplicated in other European countries using the model made by the partnership directives.
This project will present a conceptual model of cultural, including archaeological, heritage hat addressing major concerns, lack of motivations, human resources and young people involved in appreciating what they have “where they are” and be encouraged to stay in education and gain further streams of knowledge to pass such treasure to future generations.
Sharing culture which is tangible or touchable, whereas intangible culture includes song, music, drama, skills, crafts, and the other parts of culture that can be recorded but cannot be touched and interacted with, without a vehicle for the culture.
These cultural vehicles are highly recognised by the United Nations. According to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the intangible cultural heritage – or living heritage – is the mainspring of humanity’s cultural diversity and its maintenance a guarantee for continuing creativity.
Golden Opportunities would like to take such a drive to enhance each partner land, culture, national beauties, culinary and historical traditions to develop a regeneration of the lands and create employments with the help of local educations establishment, (schools and museums) The practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage.
This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, (sometime, with the high unemployment young people emigrate and dry out the communities and groups resourceful to their environment, their interaction with nature and their history, providing local regeneration we can give back a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for cultural diversity and human creativity.
It is a requirement of mutual respect among communities, groups and individuals of sustainable development.
The project aims at raising awareness about the necessity to protect, preserve and promote cultural heritage in general and the declare and propose wonderful heritage sites in GO model of regenerations from local communities.
The project furthermore aims at demonstrating the value of non formal education as an approach to disseminate the values and expertise developed at the inter-governmental level to a large public and to young people in particular.
It aims at exploring opportunities for a dynamic dialogue between the experts involved in the promotion and protection of the sites and the volunteers and youth groups developing concrete standards of working projects.
The project is specifically targeted at organisations working with and for young people and organisations using voluntary service as a tool.
The proposed kit will focus on the importance for the promotion and protection of World Heritage and show ways to integrate activities and reflections around the issue in a non formal setting.
The educational resource will be conceived as a tool, which can be used in projects specifically focussing on Golden Opportunities.
It will be flexible and composed of various thematic modules, which can be used to systematically cover all aspects related to the theme or in a multimedia format in order to focus on its aspects all over Europe.
Like the existing educational resource, the kit will provide the necessary background information and material to comprehend the GO concept (conventions, maps, texts summarising past developments and challenges etc).
The kit will also highlight the link between heritage preservation and an open minded outlook on the future based on a sense for the multiple roots of heritage.
It will explore the idea of heritage preservation as a symbol for pluralism and a peaceful way of living together between different groups.
It will also focus on the challenge to avoid nationalist and simplistic interpretations of heritage. It will link World Heritage to the concept of Cultural Diversity, Dialogue among Civilisations and sustainable development.
The language of the kit will be youth friendly and straight forward without being simplistic.
It will use games, quizzes and various exercises to facilitate discussion and reflection.
The kit will contain many visual resources, diagrams, maps and pictures.
It will be produced as hard copy and downloadable version. Sharing ideas, knowledge, information and research results. Experts coming from various European countries will offer an overview on several research studies and projects.
The 2004 EU directives for the protected European Cultural Heritage state that gaining an overall picture, per country, of legislative procedures is the responsible preservation of cultural heritage.
Also the added value will be the encouragement for early school levers to continue the education on something that will impact theyr every day life and would make a future on the regeneration of theyr communities.
The added bonus would be the development of cuktural tourisms and local people could get involved in sharing the knowlege, traditions and culture of theyr land and make economic gain for the community.
An important job of the European Union is the protection of cultural heritage. Cultural heritage, after all, is a reflection on the identity of the different European nations.
What’s more, cultural heritage plays a significant role in the tourism and economic sectors.
The European Union, likewise, has an important part to play in drawing up legislation, for example, with respect to the protection of the environment and the improvement of working conditions. It is necessary to improve awareness of Cultural Heritage and the ethics of its care in study curricula and to identify tools that can be developed to help communities to better understand and conserve their heritage. Heritage education needs to be developed in schools and through informal education.
Students will appropriate of their tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage visiting and using the resources of the site, and understanding the importance of past and contemporary heritage as common elements.
Integrate conservation and valorisation of Cultural Heritage in the domain of community development, education and tourism as well as encourage its accessibility and knowledge, its conservation and promotion can be helpful in raising awareness among communities on the importance of Cultural Heritage in the identity of a community.
Helpful tools can be the realization and dissemination of local tourist products (kit for students, new thematic magazines, multimedia products related to Cultural Heritage, etc) , production of publications in the national language (video, CD, books, TV programmes) and animation activities (exhibitions, museums, festivals, fair, music, etc) concerning Cultural Heritage for local public, organization of educational campaign to safeguard, conservation and promotion, organization of thematic Cultural Heritage days to awaken students and scholars.
A common weakness in the Euro-Mediterranean area is insufficient availability of capacity building and professional training programs.
The issue of continuous training, the encouragement of closer contact between training programs and public/private employers in Cultural Heritage and of the training of trainers is necessary to develop local capacity regard the establishment of appropriate levels of training according to the different stakeholders. Cultural heritage is an efficient contribution to poverty reduction as it lays a solid foundation for national harmony to ensure sustainable development.
It generates income through visits to historic and cultural sites, establishment of shops and sales of handicrafts in the vicinity of sites. Cultural heritage offers tremendous opportunities for economic development, including through cultural tourism and cultural industry. For the moment, the most important challenge to be addressed is to find both national and international investors who can invest in this buoyant sector, with resources so far untapped. Furthermore, relevance of cultural heritage in development was highlighted at the World Summit on Sustainable Development cultural heritage has been positioned as the 4th pillar of sustainable development, behind economy, environment and social affairs. cultural heritage at the fore front as a factor for peace and national harmony. It also advocates for preservation of traditional cultural practices likely to contribute to enhanced national identity, cultural diversity and dialogue among nations.