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  • 1. “Adopt Your Heritage” Project Newsletter Issue 1 – May 2010 Project financed by the European Commission Increasing awareness and encouraging active participation in understanding different cultures. 2nd Project Meeting - Cittá di Castello, ITALY – 22-25 April 2010 The second meeting of the project ADHER – Adopt Your Heritage was held in Città di Castello at Villa Montesca and was attended by 40 participants coming from Turkey, Romania, Greece, Slovenia and Lithuania. The participants were welcomed by the representatives of the Centro Studi e Formazione Villa Montesca, the Italian partner of this Learning Partnership project funded by the Grundvig Programme. During the first day partners and learners presented their own A moment of the meeting in Villa Montesca institutions and countries focusing on their culture heritages. In particular, the hosting partner supplied detailed information onthe Region’s cultural heritage stressing the issue of public awareness as regards its protectionpresenting the educational tools used to improve the knowledge of cultural heritage and its role in localdevelopment. The meeting was also an opportunity for exchanging good practices and training methodsof the participating countries. Partners’ internal meeting in the library of Villa Montesca This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein
  • 2. The activities in agenda were organised with the view of alternating the partners’ interventions with socialand cultural activities with the participation of staff and learners.Therefore, discussions and debates regarding the project’s activities and its steps were spaced out withguided tours to historical and artistic Umbrian sites. The Villa, were the Centro Studi is housed, belongedto Baron and Baroness Franchetti and is a heritage site since when the owners organised the first schoolfor the farmers’ children who could not attend State schools due to the distance or other difficulties.These schools became workshops for educational experiments, which brought about some revolutionaryinnovations based on the observation of Nature and the use of language as a tool for social dialogue.In 1905 Baroness Alice called Maria Montessori to organise with her a seminar, which gave life to thefirst publication of the Method for Scientific Pedagogy, universally known as the Montessori Method.Today the Villa has been fully restored and in 2001, one hundred years after that first experience, anumber of educational institutions, together with the Local Authority of Città di Castello, formed aneducational and professional training organisation to continue, in the spirit of the Franchetti institutions,the research and the experimentation on new teaching methods. Both partners and learners of the project visited Palazzo Albizzini Foundation with its library and photographic archive where all the documentation regarding the works of Alberto Burri and its bibliography are kept. Participants went also on a guided tour to Assisi were they learnt how the Region’s cultural heritage is managed and valorised. The meeting held in Città di Castello was an opportunity for all partners to share the project’s main objective, therefore improving reciprocal understanding and dialogue among different cultures as well as the level of respect people have for their own and other Palazzo del Podestà, Città di Castello nation’s cultural heritage.The ADHER ‘ADopt Your HERitage’ project was also presented tostudents attending the post-graduate course ‘Registrar ’ organisedby the Centro Studi. The course raised a considerable level ofinterest among the students in view of their possible futureinvolvement in the project’s activities in order to create importantsynergies with a project of such an important international leveland acquire an in-depth knowledge of both the sector’s issues andcultural interaction.The project’s partners and learners will meet again in mid-June atthe Mewcat, Milos Educational Womens Collaboration forActivities in Tourism in Milos, Greece. Project partners in Assisi This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein