Education and World Heritage in Latin America and the Caribbean

Campaign "Part of our culture"
Educación y patrimonio mundial en América Latina y el Caribe

The 1972 UNESCO Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage establishes that certain places on Earth are of "outstanding universal value" and belong to the common heritage of mankind. 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean account for 143 properties inscribed on the World Heritage List, 7 of which are in Chile.

World heritage constitutes the "cultural potential" of contemporary societies, as it contributes to the continuous revaluation of cultures and is an important vehicle for the transmission of experiences, skills and knowledge between generations. This potential makes it possible to move towards comprehensive education in order to transmit values related to citizenship, democracy, sustainable development, solidarity and tolerance.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) is launching the #partedenuestracultura campaign, with the support of the National Center for World Heritage Sites of the National Cultural Heritage Service, JC Decaux, Televisión Nacional de Chile, Fundación Olivo and FactStory.

What is the campaign about?

The first part of the campaign is focused on Chile (May to September 2022), which will be extended to 13 other Latin American countries (October 2022 to May 2023). The initiative seeks to raise awareness of the value of World Heritage and create awareness through educational content about these sites, which in addition to their inherent value are a source of peace, social cohesion and actions for sustainable development.

This stage of the campaign disseminates images and video content on public roads and in the media that allows people to value World Heritage in Chile and explains its link to peace education. In turn, we will disseminate information and reflections on world heritage in social networks and on open television in Chile.

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Learn more about World Heritage sites in Chile

Qhapaq Ñan, Andean Road System

A vast road network of some 30,000 kilometers built over several centuries by the Incas - partly taking advantage of pre-Inca infrastructures already in existence - to facilitate communications, transport and trade, and also for defensive purposes.

Settlement & Artificial Mummification of the Chinchorro Culture

The property consists of three component parts: Faldeo Norte del Morro de Arica, Colón 10, both in the city of Arica, and Desembocadura de Camarones, in a rural environment some 100km further south.

Humberstone and Santa Laura Saltpeter Works

Humberstone and Santa Laura works contain over 200 former saltpeter works where workers from Chile, Peru and Bolivia lived in company towns and forged a distinctive communal pampinos culture.

Historic Quarter of the Seaport City of Valparaíso

The colonial city of Valparaíso is a remarkable example of urban and architectural development in Latin America at the end of the 19th century.

Rapa Nui National Park

Rapa Nui, the indigenous name of Easter Island, bears witness to a unique cultural phenomenon. Settled there c. A.D. 300, a society of Polynesian origin created, free from any external influence, a powerful sculpture & monumental architecture.

Sewell Mining Town

Situated at 2,000 m in the Andes, 60 km east of Rancagua, in an environment marked by an extreme climate, Sewell Mining Town was built by the Braden Copper company in 1905 in what would become the world’s largest underground copper mine, El Teniente.

Churches of Chiloé

The Churches of Chiloé represent a unique example in Latin America of an outstanding form of ecclesiastical wooden architecture, which blends Jesuit and ancient Chiloé techniques to create the "Chiloé school" of architecture.


Ms. Alejandra Szczepaniak
Coordinator in charge of Culture
Mr. Nicolás Rojas Inostroza
Culture Consultant