Research on ICH Contribution to SDGs – Education and Community Development (FY 2020 – FY 2021)

IRCI conducted the project that testifies contribution of intangible cultural heritage (ICH) to SDG 4 (quality education), mainly the target 4.71 , from FY 2018 – FY 2019. The project was successfully completed in cooperation with the counterparts in the Philippines for non-formal education and in Viet Nam for formal education by developing the guidelines that unique ICH elements are incorporated into educational materials and using the materials in actual teaching and learning settings in both countries. The project clearly proved to achieve the target 4.7 and that ICH contributes SDG 4.

As UNESCO suggests that ICH’s potential contribution to other SDGs as well as SDG 4, IRCI focused on another SDG, namely SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities), the target 11.42 , because ICH is deeply related to the community where the ICH is practiced and transmitted. In order to study how children who receive the education related ICH contribute to their community and put their acquired knowledge and skills into practice for community development, IRCI launched a new 2-year project in FY 2020. The project aims to unveil relationships among ICH, SDG 4 and SDG 11 and clarify ICH roles on quality education and community development through a series of case studies. In cooperation with 3 NGOs – Dhaka Ahsania Mission (DAM) in Bangladesh, Dewi Fortuna Community Learning Center (DFCLC) in Indonesia and Taalim-Forum Public Foundation (TFPF) in Kyrgyzstan, IRCI analysed good practices that combine ICH, education and community development to investigate ICH’s contribution to SDGs and utilise the outcomes for safeguarding ICH effectively.

1 SDGs Target 4.7: By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non- violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.
2 SDGs Target 11.4: Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

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