I enjoyed … to learn more about your important work in the region. Truly, it is through education, capacity building, and the empowerment of young professionals that the region’s cultural heritage will be safeguarded and valued for generations to come.
During my visit to the ATHAR Centre, I had the privilege of appreciating the quality of its work exemplified in the training activities it offers, which have helped build a large network of professionals. What really facilitated me were the following areas of development:
* Publishing policy and Arabic translation of technical and professional information resources on conservation and management of cultural heritage;
* Effective networking means and actions for dissemination and communication;
* The ongoing construction of the centre’s building which contributes to the sustainability of the centre’s achievements and goals; I was impressed by its functionality and elegance.
The Centre is funded by and is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, of Sharjah, who is personally involved in the centre’s activities and events.
The work of the ATHAR Centre is a leap towards a better, more professional and a well-founded future not only for the management, development and conservation of cultural heritage in the Arab world, but also for ICCROM itself.
My participation in one of the most important ATHAR Center courses is indeed a source of great pride and honor for my career.
The information and facts which have been provided in the context of this course have strengthened our concepts about heritage and its management, and contributed effectively to consolidate the concept of maintaining it.
I extend my gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this high-standard excellent course, hoping to attend similar courses in the near future.
The course on ‘Conservation and Management of Cultural Heritage: Sites and Museum Collections’ was an exceptional experience and a challenge at a sensitive time characterized by the neglect and marginalization of the cultural heritage values in our Arab world. With the commendable efforts of a unique blend of many international experts and participants, the course has given us an insight into reviving our cultural heritage, and has explained to us the approaches to protect and manage it.
ATHAR is a program which aims at encouraging Arab professionals to understand the best methodologies to protect and manage cultural heritage . It helps us diagnose problems, propose solutions and think more deeply about the future of heritage in the Arab region. Personally, the regional course on ‘Conservation and Management of Cultural Heritage: Sites and Museum Collections’ was an extraordinary experience which allowed me to fill gaps in my training in conservation and management of cultural heritage.
Coming from a heritage building background, we felt that the course content, which also included archaeology and museums, was helpful in obtaining a wider perspective of conservation as a subject. The distinct quality of teaching material and the innovative teaching methods adopted by some of the instructors were really engaging. The projects and assignments helped us understand our potentials besides architecture and conservation. The intermingling of trainees with different experiences and capacities would definitely prove beneficial in building a unified thought process and an information and facility sharing system in the Arab region in the future.
…Overall a good experience!
During the course on Conservation and Management of Cultural Heritage: Sites and Museum Collections, we learned some new methods of management and planning for cultural heritage which can help us a lot in Sudan. Knowing more information about the digital documentation of heritage and about the international practices for protection and conservation of heritage sites has added a unique value to our knowledge, which, in turn, is the future of our heritage.
The ATHAR program and ICCROM courses have taught me a lot regarding the preservation of monuments, especially mosaics. I participated in the course held in TYRE / LEBANON, in which I gained information and practical experience which enhanced my ability to work in the maintenance of mosaics with greater confidence.
Mohannad Al Taweel. Swaida, Syria