A public awareness campaign took place in three Schools of Mtskheta (Georgia) within the framework of the CIUDAD War Free World Heritage Listed Cities project.
This initiative was organized by the Municipality of Mtskheta in partnership with the ICOMOS Committee of Georgia and it targeted students aged 13 to 17.
Cultural heritage experts and art historians delivered lectures covering the following topics: Needs of preservation of heritage for future generations; Queries about what to protect; Values and principles in heritage preservation; How to safeguard cultural heritage in times of armed conflicts; Furthermore principles and requirements of the UNESCO conventions on World Heritage, Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Hague Convention were discussed.
As a case study the values and the state of conservation of the World Heritage Sites of Mtskheta were reviewed and discussed with the students.
Students were asked to prepare essays on the topics reviewed at the seminars; selected ones will be published on the websites of the War Free World Heritage Listed Cities project and ICOMOS Georgia. In two weeks final event will take place in Mtskheta, and certificates and educational materials will be delivered to students.