UNESCO Memory of the World Online Course

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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)



Available in

English, French, Spanish, Chinese


This course illustrates the importance of documentary heritage in education and provides teaching aids to use the Memory of the World (MoW) International Register in classroom settings. This 45-minute course is available on the MoW website.

Established by UNESCO in 1992, the MoW program aims to preserve and promote documentary heritage by making it accessible to all. The program maintains the ever growing 'MoW International Register' of collections and records that are significant from the perspective of history, form, style and social value. This course comprises four main chapters with examples from the register to contextualize the relevance of historical records, with four sub-chapters that focus on teaching prompts for subject areas such as arts, literature, and history. Additionally, this highlights the benefits of partnership with local communities to enhance the learning experience of school students.

Some of the course contents are:

  • Historical background of UNESCO
  • Importance of documentary heritage in education and society
  • Lesson plans for integration of MoW International Register in classroom teaching
  • Building community partnerships for learning and teaching