The ELAICH Educational Approach
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ELAICH has been developing a toolkit and tools for educators and other stakeholders to introduce the values of cultural heritage and the principles and challenges of preservation to students.

Throughout the project, the ELAICH Consortium is teaching courses designated for the general public, including high school students, in Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Malta, and Turkey.At the end of the course, students will have acquired basic knowledge and terminology in cultural heritage and will have developed an understanding regarding the importance of its conservation.

Through these courses in the Mediterranean ELAICH will also contribute to a number of key values that form the basis of modern civil society. Bringing together youth to work on a particular monument
belonging to different cultures will require youth to grasp multi-cultural values of cultural heritage as they apply their theoretical knowledge in-situ and achieve tangible results in a relatively short time. In addition, working on a monument belonging to the “other” will teach students cultural tolerance. Thus, the ELAICH approach will trigger a dialogue on the values of cultural heritage and more important, it will foster appreciation, respect and tolerance one to each other and to their cultural heritage.


Intellectual in-situ work

What is intellectual  in-situ work?

“Intellectual in-situ” work means that the in-situ work itself is focused on intellectual work, such as measurements and documentation, and also on other scientific non-destructive investigations, and not focused on physical work, as may often be the case.

This in-situ experience allows students to implement the scientific knowledge that they have acquired in class in a real site-for-conservation. It allows them to contribute to the community where they live through, for example, collecting and documenting materials on a specific site; in doing so, they will raise the awareness of the general public. Additionally, the achievements of the intelligent in-situ work may contribute to the conservation of the site itself, either through the students' own work, and/or through their help to professional organizations. Thus one other goal of the project is met: youth literarily get in touch with their cultural heritage and their connection to it is restored. 

At the end of an ELAICH course students will: 

• have acquired the basic knowledge and understanding of the values of Cultural Heritage (and their complex equilibrium);

• have acquired basic knowledge and practice for identifying deterioration in historic buildings and sites; and learned about investigation and survey techniques and will have practiced the basic ones;

• have developed an accurate and careful approach towards Cultural Heritage;

• be helpful in collecting data on and reporting deterioration; and be accurate and careful while approaching cultural heritage.