Creation of the Cooperation Network in Intangible Cultural Heritage and Higher Education for Latin America and the Caribbean

In order to create a regional cooperation mechanism for the promotion of the safeguarding of intangible heritage in higher education, the Regional Meeting for the Search for Mechanisms of Cooperation in Intangible Cultural Heritage and Higher Education took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The event, held on November 21 and 22, was organized by the Oficina de la UNESCO en Montevideo in collaboration with the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America (UNESCO-IESALC); the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), based in Argentina; the Centro Regional para la Salvaguardia del Patrimonio Cultural Inmaterial de América Latina (CRESPIAL); and the Oficina Regional de Cultura para América Latina y el Caribe de la UNESCO en La Habana, Cuba,. 43 representatives of universities and institutes of higher education participated in the meeting, representing 12 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also counted with the participation of Cristina Ortega, founder of the European Network on Cultural Management and Policy - ENCATC; the folk singer Pablo Sólo Díaz; the traditional Afro-Colombian narrator of Charco Nariño, Francisca Castro Cuenú; and the renowned metal artisan Juan Carlos Pallarols, among others.

The creation of a network of cooperation and exchange on intangible cultural heritage in the field of higher education for the stimulation of academic cooperation and reflection and for the facilitation of the exchange of information was discussed. The importance of adapting cultural studies and cultural management programs in regional higher education was also discussed.

Débora Ramos, academic consultant of UNESCO-IESALC, participated in Table 3 on Cooperation in the Field of Higher Education in Cultural Management and Intangible Cultural Heritage, in which she stated: "We were exceedingly interested in participating in this table because we consider it is of vital importance to open the discussion on this subject to establish the link with our central theme that is higher education, in addition to sharing the effort made by the Villa Ocampo Observatory to unveil the value of Culture and the Intangible Cultural Heritage as sustainable development factors that have already been positioned in the United Nations Agenda on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, she said.

The Venezuelan teacher added that this participation allows to refresh the debate and embrace new approaches that effectively relate to HE - both university and non-university - with the cultural focus on the development policies of our societies, allowing this way for the work through networks to strengthen.

For more information, visit the website of the meeting: https://encuentroregional.wixsite.com/patrimonioinmaterial

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