The workshop gathered some 30 representatives from Brunei Darussalam, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Timor-Leste including representatives of Cultural Heritage site management authorities and focal point delegates who are responsible for developing or managing tour guide training programmes at their respective ministries and training institution.
The workshop was co-organized by UNESCO Office, Jakarta and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia, supported by Institute for Tourism Studies (IFT) Macao, in cooperation with Indonesian Heritage Trust and PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko.
This workshop was the second of two workshops. The first workshop was a five-day Regional Training-the-Trainers on Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide programme for World Heritage sites conducted in Macao SAR, China from 12-16 January 2009. The workshop in Macao was a curriculum development workshop to support national implementation of the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Specialist Guide programme.
During in-between period of January to August, participants (team) from Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines who attended the workshop in Macao were expected to identify counterparts and establish a legal agreement for the development of draft detail national curriculum and training materials, and to start drafting Site Module for target World Heritage site.
The second workshop in Borobudur was aimed at establishing a system for providing advance certification to the guides at the national level. This should be closely coordinated with the existing training and certification system to ensure their coherence and continuity. It will also ensure that a standardized assessment system to foster Cultural Heritage Specialist guides is established at the national level, which fits in with the regional standards that have already been put in place in other countries. The workshop was also aimed at providing specialized training to trainers to allow trainers to effectively deliver the national curriculum and training materials developed under the coordination of the respective authorities during the period of January to August.
Mr Sharif Shams Imon and Mr Ong Chin Ee of the Institute of Tourism Studies (IFT) Macao and Ms Montira Unakul of UNESCO Bangkok were the facilitators of the workshop. The workshop in Borobudur was concluded by the formulation of the action plan and time frame toward the establishment of a system for providing advance certification to the guides at the national level.