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As communities across the world become increasingly concerned about safeguarding and protecting their heritage, local educational systems (and the teachers and students who teach and learn in them) can adapt their existing curricula or create new ones to address this challenge.  This toolkit proposes that cultural heritage, computing science teaching, together with the sensitisation to qualitative research methods, can lead to engaging learning experiences for students which can have a genuine impact on education for sustainable development.

This toolkit has proven to be effective for an Egyptian audience but it can prove beneficial as a locally and culturally relevant educational resource in other Middle East & Arab countries and communities and beyond.

The Hilali Toolkit grows out of The Hilali Network, a self-organised network which brings people, ideas and projects together across borders and shared interests in cultural Heritage and technology. The toolkit is an educational resource which can be used in Higher Education as well as with communities of adult learners in formal and informal learning contexts internationally. University teachers and students based in Egypt and beyond are invited to continue to play a key role as the leaders and beneficiaries of the learning resources in the Hilali Toolkit.

We invite local, regional and national cultural heritage organisations to participate and re-mix, adapt the open educational resources and technologies made available in the Hilali Toolkit.


It is no longer a question of whether intangible cultural heritage should be integrated in university programmes, but rather how

Jyoti Hosagrahar, December 2017, Director of the Division of Creativity at UNESCO.
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We also invite International policy makers and organisations to use and remix the materials as part of their work in safe-guarding Intangible Cultural Heritage.

And finally, we invite international researchers in HCI and ICH to build on this work for multidisciplinary project.

Our work began by working with local Bedouin community collaborators in Egypt, we continue to support the bottom-up approaches to cultural heritage sustainable education and support similar actions which look to support community participation in their own intangible cultural heritage via this toolkit and our future projects.