The UNESCO New Generation project represents a concerted effort by the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, and Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali  to foster knowledge, raise awareness, and provide education about intangible cultural heritage to secondary school students and teachers within the Italian national education system. 

Within this framework, Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali has entrusted Fondazione Santagata to assess the project’s efficacy by measuring learning outcomes, gauging participant satisfaction, and evaluating its impact on the communities involved, while also offering recommendations and guidance to improve future editions of the initiative.

Context

In line with the “Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage” (UNESCO 2003), the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education and Merit, and Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali are working together on “Sapere fare sapere,” an information, awareness-raising, and education project on intangible cultural heritage aimed at younger generations and developed with the involvement of heritage communities responsible for its preservation and transmission within their territories.

“Sapere fare sapere” offers educational activities during the 2023-2024 school year for secondary education teachers and students within the national education system, designed to facilitate the transmission of intangible cultural heritage between generations. The educational programme is designed to promote a comprehensive understanding of intangible cultural heritage, with a specific emphasis on the 17 Italian elements recognised in the UNESCO List, while also encouraging active engagement with the traditions, practices, and skills intrinsic to these cultural expressions.

Within this context, the essential contribution of heritage communities as custodians of knowledge and expertise is pivotal in shaping specific educational pathways. These communities actively participate in teacher training by directly presenting practices related to the 17 Italian elements through online sessions, while in student education, a pilot group of heritage communities experimentally contributes to curriculum development by sharing knowledge, content, spaces, and tools for practical activities.

Goals

Conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the project and its overall impact on students and heritage communities involved in the educational activities and on teachers who have participated in the dedicated training programme; identifying the main challenges encountered during the project implementation; identifying insights useful for shaping potential future editions of the initiative and methodological elements useful for evaluating educational pathways.

Work phases

The project unfolds in three distinct phases, which determine its duration:

  • Formulating questionnaires and structuring interviews
  • Administering questionnaires, conducting interviews, and collecting data
  • Evaluating the collected data and preparing the final report

Resulting in four outputs:

Output 1: Presentations regarding the project’s progress

Output 2: Preliminary presentation of the research

Output 3: Final report resulting from the evaluation work

Output 4: Summary report

Commissioned by

Fondazione Scuola dei beni e delle attività culturali