Tenth Central Asia Sub-regional Meeting for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage was held in the region

15 October 2021

The meeting dedicated to the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) in Education through an Integrated Approach took place from 13 to 15 October 2021 in the online format. It was jointly organized by the International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region under the auspices of UNESCO (ICHCAP) and UNESCO Almaty Office with the support of the Cultural Heritage Administration of the Republic of Korea.

Background Information

Since 2010, International Information and Networking Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Asia-Pacific Region (ICHCAP) has been holding the sub-regional meetings in Central Asia for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in cooperating with the UNESCO field office, UNESCO National Commissions and other ICH-related organizations based on the main functions of ICHCAP; information and networking.

Moreover, in 2020 ICHCAP kicked off the regional project on strengthening the Use of ICH in Education in Central Asia last year based on the project and experiences of the UNESCO Bangkok Office in cooperating with the UNESCO Almaty Office as the action of the implementation for the guideline from the last sub-regional meeting.

Meeting Goal

To foster international collaboration and build a regional network of experts reflecting on the generative link between ICH safeguarding and formal and non-formal education in pursuit of the 2030 SDGs in Central Asia.

Meeting Objectives

Strengthening collaboration and networking between education and culture sectors in Central Asia to implement SDGs
Awareness raising on safeguarding ICH in formal and non-formal settings
To better understand the current status of integration and inclusion of ICH into education and to examine the current on-going project for ICH and education
To discuss how ICH in education, including both formal and non-formal education, can contribute to achieving SDGs, Overall Results Framework for 2003 Convention, and national capacity building in terms of safeguarding ICH
To promote and to build a sustainable network for regional and international cooperation among various stakeholders in the field of ICH and education


On the first day Prof Heila Lotz-Sisitka gave a keynote speech Education and Culture Together in action to advance the SDGs. After that, Ms Vanessa Achilles, UNESCO ICH Facilitator, presented the "Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage in Formal Education in Asia and the Pacific", and ICH experts from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, Ms Saniya Bazheneyeva and Kamilla Kenzhetayeva, presented the pilot classes that were done within the project. In the end, a history teacher from Almaty, Ms Nataliya Milovanova, presented her practical experiences of ICH education in the secondary school.

During the second day the country reports of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on the current status and challenges of utilizing ICH elements in the formal and informal education.

On the last day of the meeting participants were sharing their ideas on how to build a collaborative and sustainable network between education and culture sectors in Central Asia after ovid-19 pandemic.

At the end of this session, another UNESCO ICH facilitator, Ms Janet Blake, presented the Overall Result Framework for the 2003 Convention on safeguarding intangible cultural heritage.

Permanent link: http://en.unesco.kz/tenth-central-asia-sub-regional-meeting-for-the-safeguarding-of-intangible-cultural