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Extiende convocatoria Curso de capacitación de la UNESCO en Trinidad and Tobago para la protección del Patrimonio Cultural Subacuático en el Caribe
 
    
Convocatoria abierta hasta el 30 de junio de 2023, 23:59, hora de La Habana (Cuba).
Curso: Noviembre de 2023 en Rockley Bay, Tobago (próximamente se informarán fechas exactas)


(DISPONIBLE SOLAMENTE EN INGLÉS)

10 mayo 2023/ UNESCO La Habana

Background

Being the biggest “museums” yet to be fully discovered by the public, the waters of the oceans, seas, lakes and rivers guard in their depth broad records of the history of humankind and the traces of its interaction with the aquatic environment. In the Caribbean, these “footprints of human existence” span from ancient vestiges of Pre-Colombian watercrafts and ritual objects to European trade shipwrecks, and embrace the first colonial settlements in the region, such as those of Port Royal (Jamaica). Alongside these remains, these waters safely watch aircraft wrecks, submerged landscapes and prehistoric settlements, underwater caves with signs of human habitation, as well as scattered findings such as lost or abandoned objects.

In the framework of UNESCO´s 2022/2023 Programme and Budget (41C/5), and in compliance with the Culture Sector OUTPUT 5.CLT2 “Member States’ capacities strengthened to fight the illicit trafficking of cultural property and promote its return and restitution, to protect underwater cultural heritage and to promote the role of museums for societies” the UNESCO Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean (Havana, Cuba), the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean (Kingston, Jamaica) and the UNESCO National Office (Port-au-Prince, Haiti) are organizing the UNESCO Foundation Training in Trinidad and Tobago for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean in November 2023 in the location of Rockley Bay in Tobago.

This initiative, which aims at protecting underwater cultural heritage and promoting its relevance within 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, has received the financial and technical support from the International Programme for Maritime Heritage of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands. The Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands / Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE) – an executive body of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) – is the Netherlands’ centre of expertise for tangible heritage.

It is recognized that one of the main challenges for the protection of underwater cultural heritage lies in providing knowledge and adequate capacities for its study, conservation, and management. This practical and theory capacity building activity will be a three-week residential course, focussing on the practical side of underwater archaeology and cultural heritage management in the Caribbean.

The training will consist of underwater cultural heritage management, significance assessment, museology aspects, public engagement and underwater research. The students will follow theoretical classes, complete written assignments, participate in practical dive work, attend cultural and heritage excursions and also be part of a role-play exercise in heritage management. A Dutch underwater wreck-site will be the subject of the research.

The forecasted capacity-building course will capitalize those activities that UNESCO developed in the past also co-financed by the Netherlands RCE with the purpose of providing technical assistance to strengthen the implementation of the 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean such as the adaptation to Latin America and the Caribbean of the UNESCO Foundation Course Manual both in English and Spanish, as well as the online UNESCO training course on the Training Manual for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean. This activity also meets countries’ needs regarding archaeological scientific and practical research, education on underwater cultural heritage, network-building among experts and underwater archaeologists, experience exchange between countries, whose identification emerged during several regional and national conferences and meetings.

The eligible candidates from the insular Caribbean will be students in archaeology or already qualified, working in archaeology or heritage management. The course language will be English; therefore, the students should be proficient in conversation and writing. For the practical session, participants should be qualified divers with at least 30 dives.

Deadline of the call and how to forward an application

The call for application will be opened from 23 March to 30 June 2023, at 23:59 Havana (Cuba) time

Applications containing all required documentation, as detailed in paragraph “Required documents to apply”, must be sent to one of the following email addresses according with the country in which the applicant is currently attending his/her studies or developing his/her academic activities.

habana@unesco.org / Kingston@unesco.org / ld.gamonal@unesco.org.

Download the application form here

Applicants must indicate in the object of the email the following text: Application to UNESCO Foundation Training in Trinidad and Tobago for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in the Caribbean. Applications received after the indicated deadline will not be taken into account. .

Scientific evaluation committee and selection of applicants .

• Applications will be assessed by a scientific committee comprising experts in underwater archaeology from the region of Latin America and the Caribbean as well as UNESCO’s representatives. Due to course availability, for this training one (1) student per country will be accepted. .

Criteria for the selection of participants to the course.

In order to identify and foster the involvement of qualified applicants, the following criteria will be applied for the selection of participants: .

• Education. Applicants must be students (in an advanced stage of their higher studies in archaeology), from Latin America and the Caribbean. .

• Languages. Applicants must be fluent in English both written and spoken and possess good comprehension, writing and communication skills. .

• Gender balance. In compliance with UNESCO Global Priority “Gender Equality”, a gender equality approach will be mainstreamed during the selection process of applicants. In this sense, the participation of women will be encouraged and prioritized. .

• Commitment. Applicants must be involved and/or show a strong and solid commitment towards the appropriate and sustainable protection and management of underwater cultural heritage, in line with the principles of UNESCO 2001 Convention and the Rules of its Annex.

Technical Information

When: November, 2023

Where: Tobago, Rockley Bay

What: A three-week residential course, focussing on the practical side of underwater archaeology and cultural heritage management in the Caribbean and Latin American Region. A Dutch underwater wreck-site will be the subject of the research.

The training will consist of underwater cultural heritage management, significance assessment, museology aspects, public engagement and underwater research. The students will follow theoretical classes, complete written assignments, participate in practical dive work, attend cultural and heritage excursions and be part of a role-play exercise in heritage management.

Who: students in archaeology or already qualified, working in archaeology or heritage management.

Field-school directors: Prof. Dr. M.R. Manders & Dr. C.J. Underwood

Prior knowledge / experiences / professional and personal skills needed:

• The course language will be English; therefore, the student should be proficient in conversation and writing. An online interview may be part of the language assessment.

• The student should have a dive medical.

• The student should have a travel insurance (provided).

• The student should have a minimum of 30 scuba dives of which at least half are below 10 metres.

• The student should possess, as a minimum, their own basic scuba diving equipment: dive mask, fins, diving suit and if possible, a stab-jacket (buoyancy compensator) and diving regulator. To enable the course organisers to identify additional diving equipment that will be provided by our partner dive-school in Tobago, the student should list their available equipment in their application.

• The student should identify any special dilatory requirements.

• The student should provide evidence of being fit to dive or sign a statement to that effect.

• Applicants must include a personal statement describing why they would like to participate in this course.

What the organisers provide:

• Dive insurance

• Dive materials (cylinders, weights and if needed stab-jacks and regulator)

• Food and lodging

• Travel from your home to the venue on Tobago

• Course materials

• Centrally organised course activities

• Course programme

Students should be motivated to come to the course. Our aim is to build capacity in the region and within this course building a platform of cooperation between people from the same area is also an aim. We especially encourage students from the Dutch islands in the Caribbean, Suriname, but also those that have followed the online UNESCO training course on the UNESCO Training Manual for the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021.

In total there are 20 places available

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