Today, Fondazione Santagata is in Syracuse to carry out some of the evaluation activities of the UNESCO New Generation project. This project- realised by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, and the Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali – aims to promote knowledge and awareness of intangible cultural heritage among secondary school students and teachers within the Italian educational system.

In Syracuse, the students involved in the Program for Transversal Skills and Orientation (PCTO) have delved into the intangible element of the Sicilian Puppet Theatre – Opera dei Pupi. At the Museo e Teatro della Compagnia Vaccaro Mauceri, the students of the Quintiliano High School have guided other youngsters in discovering this heritage, also through an immersive exhibition realised with the Association Vaccaro Mauceri (A short video illustrating the day’s activities is available here)

The initiative is part of the “Sapere fare sapere”  initiative, aimed at increasing information, awareness, and education of younger generations on intangible cultural heritage, with a particular focus on the 17 Italian elements recognized on the ICH UNESCO List.

Fondazione Santagata, as commissioned the Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali, is conducting evalutation activities concerning the effectiveness of the project by measuring learning outcomes, participant satisfaction, and the impact on the communities involved. Additionally, it will provide recommendations and guidelines to improve future editions of the initiative.