Some Achievements

Three years of masonry training for young people with few qualifications

From 2002 to 2005 CHAM coordinated and led an on-the-job training programme in conservation masonry techniques at Kilwa, a UNESCO World Heritage site in . Twenty village youth benefited from this training and employment opportunity, conserving the ruins of two medieval mosques and a palace. The operation was requested by the Tanzanian Department of Antiquities and supported by a French Foreign Affairs Ministry special fund.

Promoting heritage volunteering and a fieldwork opportunity for students

Since 2000 six projects at Khami, a 16th century drystone World Heritage site in , have contributed to the introduction and promotion of heritage volunteering ideas and practices in Southern Africa . These workcamps also constitute the most significant conservation operations to be carried out recently on the site. 130 young people studying archaeology, history and architecture, from nine African countries, have thus been able to do conservation work in the field and to take advantage of a programme of guided tours and talks by conservation professionals. These projects are set up and run by a National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe / CHAM partnership, supported by the French Embassy and the UNESCO cluster office.

Training sessions combining theory and practice

Along with the French Ministry of Culture, CHAM has run twenty two-week « Historical Monuments » training sessions at Lille . Young people from different backgrounds have received training in heritage conservation,Along with the French Ministry of Culture, CHAM has run twenty two-week « Historical Monuments » training sessions at Lille . Young people from different backgrounds have received training in heritage conservation, whilst at the same time playing a role in the safeguarding of the famous citadel built by Louis XIV in the 17th century. These sessions are primarily based on supervised on-site work (brick masonry and stone cutting techniques), plus lectures and visits with a Chief Historical Monuments Architect.

Involving jobseekers in the transformation of a forgotten historical site

The site of les Lazarets on Reunion Island ( Indian Ocean ) is symbolic of the island’s multi-ethnicity. It was here that plantation workers emigrating from different parts of the world were placed in quarantine in the late 19th century. Along with an NGO supporting the unemployed, CHAM is organising renovation works on the abandoned buildings, for their re-use as a cultural resource and place of remembrance. Over two years this on-the-job training programme gives fifty jobseekers the opportunity to create new prospects for their futures whilst contributing to their island’s historical memory.

Education for primary and Secondary Child and European Heritage Day

With the Strasbourg eurometropole ans the city of Bischwiller, CHAM initiate schoolchildren into the mosaic, stained glass, medieval calligraphy architectural model making and stone cutting techniques.

Moreover, one week end by year, in September, upon the European Heritage Day, CHAM animate some educational working group. In this discovery work group, CHAM initiate general public into a few ancien building techniques like stone cutting, mosaic, architectural, model making or medieval calligraphy.