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Monday 9 May 2022

HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa Chairs Board of Directors of Foundation for Preservation of Cultural Heritage of Rabat

HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa Chairs Board of Directors of Foundation for Preservation of Cultural Herit

Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasnaa, President of the Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat, chaired, Friday, the Board of Directors of the Foundation.

During this Board of Directors meeting devoted to closing the accounts for the years 2020 and 2021, Her Royal Highness welcomed the latest decision of the World Heritage Committee on the state of conservation of the listed property of the city of Rabat, according to a statement by the Foundation.

Her Royal Highness also praised the importance of the work accomplished since the inscription, in 2012, on the UNESCO World Heritage List of "Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City: a shared heritage".

The commitment of HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, focused on education and awareness of heritage as well as the synergistic federation around these issues, aims to strengthen awareness in connection with cultural heritage in all its forms of expression in order to contribute to its ownership, its development and its safeguard.

This past year has been particularly rich for the Foundation, which has deployed an ambitious action plan including multiple scientific meetings, awareness-raising activities and the launch of the process to update the management plan for the listed property.

The Foundation organized eight scientific meetings and technical workshops that were led by 40 national and 31 international experts. In total, 259 people participated in person and more than 1400 online, connected from 20 countries.

In addition, the Foundation's 2022 action plan, presented to the Board of Directors, sets out its major goals in the education of young people through the implementation of educational programs and tools, raising awareness through mediation and facilitating access to heritage, and mobilizing and federating synergies based on dialogue, exchange and mobilization of the various actors and stakeholders around ambitious thinking.

In this context, the Foundation has signed three important partnership agreements with the Ministry of National Education, Preschool Learning and Sports, the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication and the Agency of Land Conservation, Cadastre and Cartography. These partnerships will be of great support to the actions of the Foundation in the framework of education and awareness of the importance of heritage preservation.

Through these partnerships, the Foundation has set up four structuring programs based on the three pillars: educate, raise awareness and unite.

In this sense, the Foundation has implemented the first program entitled "I discover my heritage" for the benefit of 62 secondary schools in the capital by adapting the educational kit of the "UNESCO program of education of young people to world heritage" to the cultural heritage of Rabat and its many representations in architecture, urbanism, archaeology, traditions and nature with the introduction of concepts on modern heritage and world heritage.

"I discover my heritage" was launched in partnership with the Ministry of National Education, Preschool Learning and Sports, the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Communication, and in collaboration with UNESCO and the World Heritage Center. The contextualization of the kit to the local territory and its educational vocation represent essential tools to strengthen the position of culture in the educational process.

As part of the implementation of heritage in the educational process, the Foundation launched the program "I draw my heritage" for 600 schoolchildren on the occasion of the International Day for Monuments and Sites which will focus this year on the theme "heritage and climate". This program aims to raise awareness among schoolchildren to the heritage values of the city of Rabat through artistic and plastic creation.

Also, the Foundation will organize with its partners for the year 2022, a series of workshops and meetings within the framework of themes that will focus on the celebrations of Rabat African Capital of Culture, Rabat Capital of Culture in the Islamic World, the 10 years of Rabat's inscription on the World Heritage List, and the 2021-24 ICOMOS Triennial Scientific Plan on Cultural Heritage and Climate Action. This is a provisional program rich in educational, cultural and scientific activities, with the aim of building a real platform for exchange between heritage practitioners, researchers, institutions and civil society.

In addition, in order to promote access to culture and heritage, the Foundation will work on the implementation of digital platforms and the creation of educational tools, including interactive virtual tours for the general public and for institutional, university and academic audiences. The program will also offer educational games for younger children. The pilot project will focus on an interactive virtual tour of Fort Hervé, the statement concluded.

The Foundation for the Safeguarding of the Cultural Heritage of Rabat was created following the inscription of "Rabat, Modern Capital and Historic City" on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Its mission is to educate and raise awareness of the importance of safeguarding the cultural heritage of Rabat in order to allow people to benefit from it today and to pass it on to future generations.

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