HIMIS uses the techniques of Heritage Interpretation. Heritage interpretation is the art of revealing meanings and relationships in natural and cultural heritage. It helps people to make sense of objects, places, people, ideas and events, and to understand how these are relevant and valuable to people today.
Using interpretation techniques, teachers, students and local communities are creating fun activities and materials to give everyone involved exciting and memorable experiences.
Students whose families have migrated to the area, and students from long-established families, work together on local projects. Their work is exploring cultural values such as:
- Freedom of beliefs
And by looking at local heritage from different perspectives students discover that things have different meanings for different people.
HIMIS involves four schools in Italy, Greece, Poland and Germany. Each school is developing interpretive materials and activities, such as heritage trails and guided walks.
At the end of the project we will produce a guidebook to help teachers throughout Europe to create heritage interpretation programmes for students and the community.
- Train teachers in techniques of heritage interpretation
- Use heritage interpretation to encourage a sense of belonging and mutual understanding in teachers, students and the community
- Provide professional development for heritage interpretation experts
- Share intercultural skills in local communities to enhance people’s appreciation of European citizenship and European core values