Mr. Peter Dennis Okwaro, the Interim Director of the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA), has been in Seychelles between 29th November and 6th December 2017, as one of the three international visitors invited by the Ministry of Culture to grace the occasion of the reopening of the Country’s National Museum of History, which took place on Friday 30th November 2018. The other international heritage professionals invited were Dr. Rudo Sithole, the Executive Director of AFRICOM, and Mr. John Zulu, the Site Manager for the Mosi-Oa-Tunya/Victoria Falls World Heritage Site in Zambia.
The reopening ceremony was presided over by the President of the Republic of Seychelles, His Excellency, President Danny Faure.
During his stay in Seychelles, Mr. Okwaro had a meeting with the Principal Secretary for Culture, Ms. Cecille Kalebi, in which the two discussed possible collaboration between the Department of Culture in Seychelles and CHDA, in relation to capacity building for the management of culture and heritage in the country. It was agreed that going forward, there is need to develop an MoU for the purpose of this matter.
On 3rd December 2018, Mr. Okwaro facilitated a half-day workshop for staff of the National Museum of History on “Insights into Museum Education,” in which he presented power-points presenting his experiences over the 27 years he has worked in the Museum and heritage sector. This was followed by discussions in which issues and challenges in museum education were explored and shared.
The team of international museums experts were given extensive tours around the Seychelles archipelago and introduced to the many heritage sites, both cultural and natural around the country.
CHDA takes this opportunity to thank the Government of Seychelles, through the National Museums, for the invitation, and the fantastic hosting activities organized and offered. We hope that the partnership will be strengthened going forward.
Peter Dennis Okwaro