The Exhibition and Forum of Memory of World Programme and the significance of Historical Documentation were held on Dec 6 2015 in Macao Science Centre, with the purpose of stimulating public awareness on the importance of documentary heritage. The activities were organized by the Macau Documentation and Information Society (MDIS), together with Macao Youth Entrepreneurship Association, archives institutes, and research center. The Exhibition includes the topics of introduction of MoW and the value of documentary preservation, war’s disasters and the history, rethink on war, and appreciate peace. Old photos and archives are being exhibited until 19 Dec.
Dr. Lothar Jordan and Dr. Papaa Momar Diop, Vice Chairs of International Advisory Committee of UNESCO Memory of the World Programme, Dr. Simon Chu, representative of MOWCAP, educators, researchers, archivists, librarians and students in Macau were invited to the exhibition and discussion in the forum that about 100 persons have attended. The representatives of Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Macao, Commissioner of the China Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Macao, Macao Foundation, Macau Cultural Affairs Bureau, and other VIP guests have chaired the opening ceremony with organizers.
The forum was moderated by Dr. Helen Ieong, Director of the MDIS, and the discussion focused on topics of preservation and accessing of documentary heritages, criteria and signification of inscription to Memory of the World, reflection on War, and appreciation of Peace between Chinese and Japanese and the world. The general public had communicated with representatives of UNESCO MoW and key speakers actively.
Further to the above activities, Lothar and Papa were invited to a school to communicate with about 150 students, and the talk was entitled “Memory of the World Programme comes to Tong Nam School”, that organized by MDIS and the school. Students were very exciting and asked quite a lot of questions, shared opinions, and expressed interesting on MoW. The atmosphere was very warm and happy. We have also recommend a school teacher of the Tong Nam school to participate the MoW SCEaR Working Group Schools meeting in Paderborn, Germany (20-21,Dec).
It is encouragement that surly that MoW has been promoted in general public, especially in youth group of Macau.