On 28 November 2019, the International scientific and practical conference “Education in the ICH: research and safeguarding” took place in the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. It was dedicated to the role and significance of formal and informal education in the ICH safeguarding, its place and possibilities in the general educational process.
The conference was organized by the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine jointly with the Regional Centre for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in South-Eastern Europe under the auspices of UNESCO (Sofia, Bulgaria), the Development Centre “Democracy through Culture” (Kyiv, Ukraine) and the National Union of Folk-Art Masters of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine).
The conference was attended by experts, ICH facilitators of UNESCO global network from Northern Macedonia (V. Stojkova Serafimovska), Belarus (A. Stashkevich), Ukraine (O. Butsenko), researchers, representatives of universities, schools and centers for children and youth of Ukraine, folk-art masters and ICH bearers, national ICH experts.
In augurating the conference, the first vice president of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine, Doctor of Technical Science, professor Mykola Yakovlev stated that it was for the first time such conference took place in Ukraine gathering representatives from various Ukrainian cities, educational establishments, culture organizations and centers, practitioners and theorists for discussing extremely important questions which today education and culture faced in terms of concepts, approaches and future development programmes. Five years ago, the Coordination council for art education and science, including expert commissions and, particularly, that of cultural heritage issues, was established at the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. Thus, it was logical that the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine initiated such important conference on the role of education and science in ICH.