“Foundations for a Strong Future: Youth in Jordan and Lebanon Promote Cultural Heritage” is a project implemented by Mercy Corps Jordan and Lebanon. The project is funded by the European Union in the framework of the Euromed Heritage Programme and managed by Mercy Corps. In Jordan, Mercy Corps is implementing this project in partnership with local organizations: The Jordan Museum and Princess Basma Youth Resource Centre (PBYRC).
The project is being implemented in six governorates that include Ma'an, Aqaba, Zarqa, Salt, Irbid and Amman over a 24 months duration (January 2009 to December 2010).
During the first year of the project, 72 youth ages 13-18, were chosen to participate in the activities of this project to gain the sufficient experience to build their capacities and acquire new skills needed to represent cultural heritage. The youth received training on multimedia usage and produced 26 different projects that include films, documentaries, photographs, audio recordings and publications. The projects are currently displayed at local exhibitions in the 6 governorates to highlight the youth's work, and to emphasize the value of diversity of cultural heritage in each community.
The youth projects will then be exhibited at the Jordan Museum. Where, two festivals will be conducted during the two year project duration. In 2009, the festival is going to take place on December 3rd through the 6th and will bring in artisans from around the country to demonstrate crafts that are particular to their regions, such as wood carving, glass-blowing, marble work, or metal work, as a means of demonstrating the diversity of Jordan, its people and its geography. In addition to traditional music, dance, food, and other aspects of cultural heritage such as traditional dress. Mercy Corps will also work with the Jordan Museum to organize training for 25 tour guides on interactive guiding techniques.
Mercy Corps will also produce a Multi-lingual Cultural Heritage Toolkit for educators, local NGOs, and students, in addition to conducting outreach campaigns to schools and youth clubs to introduce the Toolkit. Mercy Corps will also work on building a central website that is linked to both museums in Jordan and Lebanon and will create permanent, multimedia cultural heritage learning towers within the Jordan Museum.