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    Could Tehran (Yes, Tehran) Be the Next Aspen? - Vogue

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    Could Tehran (Yes, Tehran) Be the Next Aspen? - Vogue
    By L A U R E N C E   C O R N E T
    Publish Date: J A N U A R Y 2 8 , 2 01 5 1 1 : 3 0 A M


    Iran is known for its historical cities and gorgeous Islamic art, but much less for its other great source of pride: mountains. In all four corners of Tehran, they rise in endless clusters, green and brown ridges that turn white in winter and, unbeknownst to many Westerners, conceal stunning ski resorts.
    The northern and western mountains were equipped with chair and gondola lifts decades ago, the closest of which departs
    directly from the city, in the recreational area of Bame Tehran. The fiberglass egg carries passengers through forty-five
    minutes of spectacular views to Tochal, the highest of all the nearby resorts. As the gondola climbs upward, the hazy city
    gradually disappears from view and is replaced with the many peaks of the Alborz range, including the pyramid-shaped Mount Damavand, the highest volcano in Asia. (According to Zoroastrian mythology, Damavand is home to a three-headed dragon.)
    Tochal’s smooth slopes attract skiers of all ages and skill levels, including backcountry thrill-seekers who come for long rides
    through pristine landscape. Iranian skiers and snowboarders grow in number every year, and freestyle is especially popular among the younger riders. A Swiss-based organization, We Ride in Iran, coaches locals a few times a year, with the aim of expanding ski and snowboard culture in the country.
    The other main resorts outside of Tehran—namely Dizin, Shemshak, and Darbandsar—also offer a small number of slopes
    challenging enough to satisfy advanced skiers. In recent years, new lifts have been built to link neighboring resorts to each
    other, but rivalries are strong. “There has been a war between Dizin and Shemshak since before the revolution!” one skier
    joked recently. Still, it’s not hard to imagine that, with more lifts connecting the various valleys, Iran could become one of the most appealing ski destinations in the world.

    Abridged From : VOGUE


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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.