African Regional Youth Forum for World Heritage, South Africa

Deadline: 31 January 2016
Open to: young citizens from the African continent aged between 20-28 years
Venue: 28 April- 4 May 2016, Cape Town, South Africa


The African World Heritage Fund and the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in partnership with the Robben Island Museum are pleased to announce a call for participants for a regional youth forum from the 28 April to the 4 May 2016 at the Robben Island World Heritage Site in Cape Town, South Africa.

This forum will address young people and seek to provide a sustainable platform for youth in Africa that could increase the involvement of youth in the promotion and protection of World Heritage in Africa, and also deliver essential feedback to UNESCO, the World Heritage Committee and the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) on youth challenges, accomplishments and actions related to the implementation of the World Heritage Convention in the region. This is the first regional youth forum on World Heritage in Africa addressing Anglophone youth. A second forum is planned for 2017 targeting francophone youth in Africa.


  • Young citizens from the African continent;
  • Aged from 20 to 28 years old with fluent English (no interpretation will be provided);
  • Available to attend for the full length of the event and invest time to prepare and follow up the forum;
  • Motivated, active and driven individuals interested in engaging in a World Heritage network of young African youth and eager to implement the outcomes of the forum in their home countries;
  • Individuals passionate about heritage in their country.


The costs for the forum will be covered by the organizers the African World Heritage Fund and Robben Island Museum (i.e. airfare, accommodation, meals and local transport within South Africa during the forum).

How to apply?

Each applicant should submit the following application package:

  • The completed application form;
  • A motivation letter (maximum 1 page) detailing your motivations and experiences related to World Heritage;
  • A curriculum vitae (2 pages maximum);
  • A signed letter of recommendation from a university, organization or administrative authority/supervisor;
  • A short video (maximum 2 minutes) showcasing how youth are or could promote and/or safeguard World Heritage sites (or a site) in your African country;
  • Your videos should be: creative, innovative, surprising, but most important of all is to have fun!
  • Your videos need to comply with the following criteria: Clip length 2 minutes maximum and format: “AVI” only.

The complete application package should be submitted to [email protected] latest by 31 January 2016.

For more information please check the official website.

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