African Regional Youth Forum for World Heritage in Cape Town, South Africa


African Regional Youth Forum for World Heritage in Cape Town, South Africa

Deadline: 31 January 2016
Dates: 28 April – 4 May
Location: Robben Island World Heritage property, Cape Town, South Africa


The UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme is one of UNESCO’s most successful flagship programmes for young people, generating awareness-raising and capacity building activities that enhance the visibility of the Convention and facilitate the greater involvement of young people, including women and indigenous communities, their empowerment and inclusion to contribute to World Heritage conservation. One of the major activities is the World Heritage Youth Forum that has become an annual event, organized and held in close conjunction with the yearly session of the World Heritage Committee.

These fora provide the opportunity for young people to exchange experiences, to discuss common concerns, to discover new roles for themselves in heritage conservation and have their voices heard. Each youth forum take up specific issues linked to World Heritage and carry out hands-on activities that provides some basic skills in conservation and preservation, contributing to the promotion of World Heritage education and youth involvement.

This forum will address young people and seek to provide a sustainable platform for youth in Africa that could increase the involvement of youth in the promotion and protection of World Heritage in Africa, and also deliver essential feedback to UNESCO, the World Heritage Committee and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) on youth challenges, accomplishments and actions related to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the region. This is the first regional youth forum on World Heritage in Africa addressing Anglophone youth. A second forum is planned for 2017 targeting francophone youth in Africa.


  • Young citizens from the African continent;
  • Aged from 20 to 28 years old with fluent English (no interpretation will be provided);
  • Available to attend for the full length of the event and invest time to prepare and follow up the forum;
  • Motivated, active and driven individuals interested in engaging in a World Heritage network of young African youth and eager to implement the outcomes of the forum in their home countries;
  • Individuals passionate about heritage in their country.


The costs for the forum will be covered by the organizers the African World Heritage Fund and Robben Island Museum (i.e. airfare, accommodation, meals and local transport within South Africa during the forum).

Application Procedure

Each applicant should submit the following application package:

  • The completed application form;
  • A motivation letter (maximum 1 page) detailing your motivations and experiences related to World Heritage;
  • A curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum);
  • A signed letter of recommendation from a university, organization or administrative authority/supervisor;
  • A short video (maximum 2 minutes) showcasing how youth are or could promote and/or safeguard World Heritage sites (or a site) in your African country;
  • Your videos should be: creative, innovative, surprising, but most important of all is to have fun!
  • Your videos need to comply with the following criteria: Clip length 2 minutes maximum and format: “AVI” only.

The complete application package should be submitted to latest by 31 January 2016.

For more information please check the official website 




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