Children of Tunis in search of their lost roots: two days to rediscover monuments, craft workshops and fish markets

For two days, on April 8 and 9, thirty Tunisian students aged between 13 and 14 are going to rediscover their own heritage and roots. They will walk and stop at the tangible and intangible traces of history, from Carthage of old times to the Tunis of today. The workshop is organized by the Mare Nostrum project implemented under the Euromed Heritage 4 programme - supported by DELARPA TUNISIA, an NGO for heritage and tourism development.
A press release said the students, guided by their teachers, will rediscover the ancient monuments (from all periods: Punic, Roman, Byzantine, Arabic, French and contemporary) in the northern suburbs of Tunis. They will try to reproduce with photos, drawings and observation notes, objects, ancient ruins and also the actual components of the environment, where this rich cultural territory on the coast of Carthage evolves and survives.
On the lagoons of the ancient harbours of Carthage, the students will admire the fishing techniques and ancestral gestures of local fishermen, transmitted from father to son. The fish market of La Goulette, not far from Carthage, will provide them with lively images from fish sellers boasting aloud the merits and qualities of their goods.
The students will visit the craft workshops of the Medina of Tunis nestled in traditional neighbourhoods, which show the distribution of trades in the topography of the city. The workshops will welcome the young people to witness the birth of these artefacts and masterpieces whether from traditional fabric, leather, steel or olive wood.
Following the instructions of the educational kit developed by Mare Nostrum, students will meet during the second day, and admire the old photographs and topographic maps of the city. They will eventually see a short film that traces the documented testimony in connection with current daily life, a way of helping them take ownership of their heritage and ensuring its transmission.
MARE NOSTRUM aims at providing a sustainable mechanism for the protection and management of cultural heritage resources in the targeted countries, leading to an awareness of cultural heritage in the public conscience. In order to enhance cultural heritage as part of the sustainable development of Mediterranean cultural heritage, the action will adopt a holistic approach which satisfies economic and social objectives as well as high quality cultural tourism needs.
EuroMed Heritage IV is a €17 million EU-funded programme which contributes to the exchange of experiences on cultural heritage, creates networks and promotes cooperation with the Mediterranean Partner Countries. (ENPI Info Centre)
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MARE NOSTRUM - website
Euromed Heritage IV - MARE NOSTRUM
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Euromed Heritage IV – website

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