As part of the observance of the World Heritage Day, which falls on April 18, Heritage and Culture Department in Al Dakhiliyah organised a lecture on the use of heritage in the educational process at Nizwa Cultural Centre.
The lecture was given by Dr Moosa bin Salim al Barashdi, in which he targeted teachers of social monographs studies. He said heritage has a great role in Oman and there are government guidelines to pay attention to in this respect.
He explained the concepts of heritage, which came from inheritance, and different meanings such as material heritage that we find in manuscripts, artefacts, and buildings. Dr Al Barashdi explained the intangible heritage such as traditions, arts, folklore and crafts. The natural heritage are found in natural sites and geological formations.
He also dealt with the subject of heritage learning in the curriculum and learning patterns that related to heritage through folklore and oral heritage.
Al Barashdi explained the concepts of heritage in the philosophy of education in Oman, which was issued as a document in 2017 and was approved by the Council of Education, noting the importance of the book, ‘The world around me’ as a model.
He also addressed the values, teaching them through heritage, especially oral heritage, and field visits to heritage sites and museums.
Discussion and dialogue that ensued with the audience pertained to heritage education in the Sultanate and related subjects, especially the Omani history, sources and philosophy of teaching.
Zaher bin Mohammed al Subhi, one of the participants, stressed the importance of such discourses and preserving heritage of the nation.
Ali bin Marhoon al Khatri, a teacher, said that his participation in the lecture gave a deeper insight into the subject.