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Training and Research Department

Background:
At the origin of EPA, the Training and Research Department, until 1999, exclusively dealt with the conception and carrying out of training programmes in the field of movable cultural heritage for African museum professionals.
Since 1999, the year in which the PREMA programme ended, training programmes took a new direction with the diversification of subjects. Management of cultural projects, outreach programmes, and the management of immovable cultural heritage progressively entered EPA's curriculum.
The training of teachers is a key programme in the strategy of reinforcement of EPA's capacities as a center of excellence in the cultural area.
The Research section is an important aspect of the new orientations of the department.

Some former activities

Objective:
Suggest and carry out initial and professional training programmes in the field of cultural heritage.

Missions:

Target audiences
- Graduate and modular courses

Museum professionals, librarians and archivists, cultural mediators, site managers, cultural adminsitrators, urban planners, town administrators and journalists from sub-Saharan Africa.
- Teaching of instructors

Members of the EPA network, capable of contributing to the training of their African colleagues.
- Research

Members of the EPA network, African heritage professionals, academics, researchers in social and nature sciences.

Courses:

Courses Area Length Degree
University courses Conservation and management of cultural heritage
(with a specialisation in museums or in graphic material)
2 years Professional BA
Applications are open for the 13th University Course (2013)
Cultural mediation (distance learning course) 1 year BA
Modular training:
regional courses and thematic workshops
Conservation and management of movable and immovable cultural heritage 1 week to 3 months Certificats d’aptitude professionnelle (Certificate of professional aptitude)
Visotor policy and cultural mediation (outreach programmes) 1 week to 3 months Certificats d’aptitude professionnelle (Certificate of professional aptitude)

Indicative 2012 programme:
- Evaluation meeting of the 12th International University Course

2012 team:
The team is composed of :
- Ismaïlou Baldé, coordinator
- Mariam Chitou, programme assistant
- Members of the EPA network, Programme assistants, who facilitate training programmes.

Contact :
Pôle Formations et Recherches
Ecole du Patrimoine Africain
01 BP 2205
Porto-Novo
BENIN
Tél. (+229) 20 21 28 64
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