The mission of the Venna Heritage is to preserve and promote our own cultural heritage to my students in elementary school. As a teacher, I will try to do it through the education. This is my personal blog about my journey in local cultural conservation education.
After learning about the World Heritage List from UNESCO World Heritage Center I would like to write a topic about Conservation-Restoration which had been delayed long enough. Conservation is generally defined as the protection of valuable substances, but in the treasury of conservation experts, it turns out that it has a series of different meanings of its implications.
The conservation term commonly used by architects refers to the 1981 Charter of the ICOMOS, conducted in Burra, Australia. This Charter is better known as Burra Charter. In the Burra Charter, the concept of conservation is all protection and maintenance activities in accordance with the agreements formulated in the charter.
Meanwhile, restoration in a broad context is an activity to restore the formation of a place physically, so that it can exactly look like the previous conditions. Restoration can be done by removing additions or reassembling existing components without using new material.
Whereas in a limited context, restoration is defined as an activity to restore buildings and cultural heritage environments as closely as possible to their original form based on supporting data.
You surely know that education plays an important role in maintaining our culture. Then, do you know how education preserves our culture?
What is the meaning of education and culture? education is an effort that is carried out consciously and as much as possible to change human behaviour both individually and in groups to mature humans through teaching and training efforts.
From the standpoint of individual education is an effort to develop individual potential, here we can assume that education can make the hidden abilities of individuals will be seen and can be honed so that later can be useful for their lives.
In this view, education carries two main tasks, namely an increase in individual potential and the preservation of cultural values. Humans as cultured beings are essentially the creators of the culture itself. The culture then improves in line with the increase in the human potential of the creator of the culture.
I wrote this post while in Sydney Australia, with several teachers for training. I and my two friends are very helped by the ridesharing service in this city since in the Sydney suburb it is quite difficult to get public transport. If you want to know more about Ridesharing in Australia you can go to RideshareAUNZ.com.
OK back to topic. To keep our culture sustainable, the first is from our own awareness and our own will and love of our homeland. As some of the responses above, we must first see how conscious we will love our homeland.
How can it be if not with our own awareness we can maintain the preservation of our culture, because there may be some people who say that we must maintain the preservation of our culture but in fact, it has not done so?
Along with the times, the generations of the nation have begun to forget and leave these very rich cultures. Globalization also has a strong influence in reducing the level of public concern in maintaining or preserving our culture.
There are four important ways that can be done to preserve our culture: Get to know the culture, Teach culture to others, Introducing culture abroad and use our local products.
As good citizens, of course, we must take part in maintaining our culture. In maintaining and preserving the local culture in the community, it can be done in various ways. Some ways that can be done by a member of the community, especially us as a young generation in supporting the preservation of culture and participating in maintaining local culture include:
(1) Want to learn the culture, whether it’s just to know or can also participate in practising it in our lives. (2) Participate if there are activities in the context of cultural preservation, for example: Participate in competitions about cultures, such as traditional dance or regional theatre. Participate in traditional cultural performances at certain events or activities, such as when celebrating the anniversary of national independence.
(3) Teaching that culture to the next generation so that culture is not destroyed and can still survive. (4) Love your own culture without degrading and harassing other people’s culture. (5) Practising the use of that culture in everyday life, for example, language culture. (6) Eliminating feelings of prestige or embarrassment with the culture we have. (7) Avoiding primordialism and ethnocentrism.