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    Shahriyar, an Iranian Physician Poet

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    • Birthplace: Tabriz

    Seyyed Mohammad Hossein Behjat Tabrizi (Persian: سید محمدحسین بهجت تبریزی‎‎) (1906 – September 18, 1988), mainly known by his pen name, Shahriar , was a notable Iranian poet of Azerbaijani ethnicity, who wrote in Azerbaijani and Persian

    His father, Haj Mir Agha Khashknabi was a famous attorney is Tabrizand a respected man with a taste for literature. Shahriyar's mother as put by the poet in his famous piece entitled' Oh, My Mother' was also familiar with the world of poetry. 

    Shahryar's childhood was more or less intertwined with revolutionary moves and conflicts in his hometown Tabriz and thus along with his family, Shayriyar moved to the Khashknab village. Shahriyar started his preliminary studies by reading the famous collection of poetry of classical Iranian poet, Saadi called Golestan and a number of other old books. At the same time he became acquainted with another great Iranian Poet, Hafez.

    Shayriyar was so fond of Hafez that once he said: "I owe whatever I have to Hafez." Later Shahriyar went to Tehran and continued his studies in the capital at the Darolfonoun School and then began his studies in the field of medicine. However, before graduation, he gave up medicine and in 1931started a career as a state employee in Khorasan and later in Tehran. Although, while in Tehran, a group of friends used to visit Shahriyar, he spent most of his time in solitude and believed that loneliness and isolation are prerequisites of poetry. 

    In 1953, Shahriyar's father passed away and 13 years later his mother breathed her last, too prompting him to leave Tehran for Tabriz forever. The first piece by Shahriyar was entitled ' Soul of the Butterfly'. Defining poetry, Shahriyar says: "The essence of a poem is its mild and at the same time touching influence which quite unconsciously leaves its imprint on the human mind. A poem should be something the poet's mind acquires from the nature and life and presents to other minds in the form of a poem." 

    Shahriyar was not only good at lyrics; he was also a master of odes. Shahriyar made use of almost all styles and proved unique in all of them. His poems are filled with the most delicate sentiments and he is frank in all he says. As regards his diction, Shahriyar was deeply under the influence of classical Persian poets, such as Eraqi and Saadi. 

    Shahriyar considered mankind's suffering as the core of his poems and believed that a true poem is one, which is inspired by both love and mysticism.Shahriyar is an emotional poet. His sincere emotions are well reflected through all the pieces he composed, particularly in his lyrics.

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    This workshop is designed according to the UNESCO World Heritage Education Programme in order to give young people a chance to voice their concerns and to become involved in the protection of our common cultural and natural heritage. It seeks to encourage and enable tomorrow’s decision-makers to participate in heritage conservation and to respond to the continuing threats facing our World Heritage. The idea of involving young people in World Heritage preservation and promotion came as a response to Article 27 of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention). Furthermore, Patrimonito means 'small heritage' in Spanish and the character represents a young heritage guardian. Patrimonito has been widely adopted as the international mascot of the World Heritage Education Programme.
    Date: 29th December
    Number of trainees: 7
    Duration: 3 hours

    The workshop of "Patrimonito" was held on 29th of December. Participants arrived around 10:30 and they were welcomed by hot chocolate and Persian cup cakes. After a little introduction by trainers and trainees, the process started by making two groups and letting them choose a name for their group, each group was accompanied by a mentor then each group was given some images of world heritage sites in Iran and some descriptions, each group was asked to match images and descriptions, the mentor was guiding them throughout the activity. All trainees were participating actively and trying to remember their experiences about their travels to these places. When they were done with the activity, the mentors started giving the answers and a brief explanation about each site; mentors were using trainees’ ideas and experiences to complete their tasks.

    Shortly after that, the second part started which was a presentation done by two of mentors. The aim of this presentation was to define the value of these world heritage sites and duties of each person as a "Patrimonito", and what happens if there is no "Patrimonito" and nobody cares about our tangible or intangible heritage. In this part trainees started questioning and understanding the whole concept of being a "Patrimonito", they also added their own suggestions on how to protect our heritage and by the end of this part, they were completely aware about their role as a "Patrimonito".
    Now it was a best time to have a short break, during the break trainees were introduced to some of intangible heritages as they were served by traditional food and snacks and even they way of serving was according to traditions and everyone had this opportunity to discuss about intangible heritage while enjoying some traditional food and snacks.
    When the break was done, everyone was asked to choose a heritage either tangible or intangible and they had to introduce their chosen heritage to a tourist by making a postcard using what they have learnt. They were given all of necessary tools such as color papers, color pencils, glue, scissors, images of heritage and a mentor was with them in order to help them completing the task.

    When they were done, they handed out their postcards and with the mentors they sat together and spent a few minutes asking and answering about what they have learnt. Then they were told to say their vows for protecting their heritage and caring about it, the mentor said the vow and the trainees repeated after her and they officially became a "Patrimonito".

    The last but the best part was when they were given the certificates, and they were told that since they are aware of the value of the heritage and they know how to protect it, they are chosen as "Patrimonito" and they should continue their mission by introducing the value of heritage to others. They were granted certificates and labels and the workshop of "Patrimonito" was finished by taking some memorial photos.