Pilot Youth Training Program for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage in Ladakh
19 July 2010 to 30 July 2010
Wanla, J & K, Ladakh, India
Achi Association

Since 2009 the Achi Association has launched a new initiative with the goal of empowering and enabling local communities to protect, maintain and manage their Tibetan Buddhist cultural heritage.
A three-year Pilot Youth Training Program was initiated thanks to a grant awarded for this purpose by the Getty Trust, Los Angeles. The program is designed for young Ladakhi woman and men who are expected to play an important role in the future of the region’s heritage.
The training activities:
Throughout the program the participants are exposed to theoretical and practical information regarding heritage conservation and maintenance issues. Furthermore they engage in a series of exercises, field-trips and hands-on-activities that provide them with the skills and opportunities to become actively involved in the preservation of their culture.
Training sessions take place both on Wanla and in the Drikung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun. The fieldwork in Wanla during the summer period is supplemented by spring workshops held in Dehra Dun. In addition, the program provides workshops for school
the training program and the village families.
Stimulating awareness:
The local decision makers in the village communities and the education systems as well as the religious authorities are approached to discuss aspects of conservation and main future work.
Advanced Education:
On a third level, the Achi Association wants to assist and motivate natives from Ladakh in receiving professional education in fields of architecture and art conservation with the long-term goal to replace the foreign experts with local professionals.

Voluntary work during the workshops and advice for the preservation of the cultural heritage of Wanla.