Director, CHDA in Seychelles for the Reopening of the refurbished National Museum of History

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 National Museums of History

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.

The botanic Garden in Seychelles

The botanic Garden in Seychelles

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

Director, CHDA.

CHDA Partners with the Department of Culture to Build Capacity for Inventorying of Intangible Cultural Heritage among the Maasai Communities

Between 5th and 22nd November 2018, the Department of Culture, of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts of the Government of Kenya and the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA), working closely with the County Governments of Kajiado and Narok, as well as other stakeholders, undertook four – days’ capacity building workshops for the Maasai communities of the two Counties, on the Inventorying of their intangible cultural heritage.

Mr. Okwaro making apresentation

Mr. Okwaro making apresentation

The program, called “Workshop on Empowering the Community with Knowledge and Skills on Community-based Inventorying”, was coordinated by Mr. George Litswa, a Senior Cultural Officer at the Department of Culture, assisted by his colleagues, Mrs. Josephine Lilechi and Margaret Mwachala.

The lead Resource person for the training workshop was Mr. Peter Dennis Okwaro, the Interim Director at the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA), who was assisted by Dr. Kiprop Lagat, Director of the Department of Culture, Government of Kenya and Dr. Dennis Opudo, a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Cultural Heritage at the National Museums of Kenya.

The workshop in Kajiado took place between 5th and 8th November, in Loitokitok between 12th and 15th November and in Narok between 19th and 22nd November 2018.

Apart from representatives of the local communities, other stakeholders who attended included representatives of local NGOs working in the areas of culture, heritage and tourism.

The workshops looked at several topics related to inventorying of ICH, among them:

  1. Introduction to Community-Based Inventorying
  2. Key Concepts in the 2003 Convention.
  3. Identification and Inventorying of ICH
  4. The role of communities in the inventorying process
  5. Developing and inventory framework
  6. Ethics in community-based inventorying
  7. The principle of Free, Prior and Informed Consent in inventorying
  8. Methods and techniques of Inventorying
  9. Information generation methods
  10. Ground preparation in inventorying

                                   

CHDA takes this opportunity to thank the Department of Culture for inviting us to work with them on this program and hopes that the two organizations will take this partnership into the future. We also thank the County Governments of Kajiado and Narok for their support and collaboration and most important, we thank the local Maasai communities for their contributions, friendship and sharing of knowledge.

Peter Dennis Okwaro

Director, CHDA.

In Memoriam : Edward Ernest Jubara Ali

In Memoriam : Edward Ernest Jubara Ali

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Photo: Edward Jubara representing South Sudan at the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee Meeting for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in December 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia ©UNESCO/K.Monteil.

UNESCO expresses its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Mr. Edward Ernest Jubara Ali, Director General of Archives and Antiquities for the Government of South Sudan, who passed away on 19 November 2018.

Mr. Jubara, born on 1 January 1950 in Torit, South Sudan, worked tirelessly with UNESCO since the country’s independence in 2011 to harness the potential of culture for peacebuilding and sustainable development in South Sudan.

“Edward Jubara was instrumental in liaising between UNESCO and the Government to promote South Sudan’s ratification of three key UNESCO Conventions in the field of culture, namely the 1972 World Heritage Convention, the 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention, and the 2005 Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions,” said Mr. Salah Khaled, former Head of the UNESCO Office in Juba. “His loss has shocked all of us, and my prayers go out to his family,” he added, “He will sincerely be missed”.

“Following South Sudan’s ratification of three UNESCO Conventions in the field of Culture in 2016, Edward Jubara worked indefatigably alongside the Minister of Culture, Youth, and Sports, to support their implementation on the ground,” said Mr. Umar Alam, Head of the UNESCO Office in Juba. “With his support and close collaboration with UNESCO, South Sudan has developed a Culture Policy, a tentative list of potential World Heritage sites, and trained a team of experts to inventory South Sudan’s rich intangible cultural heritage”, Mr. Alam added.

“I had the great honour to work hand-in-hand with Edward on the Culture programme in South Sudan,” said Karalyn Monteil, Regional Advisor for Culture at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, “Over the years, I witnessed how he put his heart and soul into developing the culture sector in South Sudan. He represented his country with dignity and optimism at World Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee meetings. Through his interventions in these international arenas, he showed the world another side of South Sudan that is not covered on the daily news, and expressed his confidence that nurturing the culture sector would sow the seeds for long lasting peace and development,” she added.

Edward Jubara graduated from Sudan University of Science and Technology with a Bachelor’s of Science in 1973. He went on to obtain a diploma in Integrated Approach to Rural Development in Cameroon in 1979. He worked as the Acting Director of Youth & Sports for the Regional Government of Southern Sudan from 1973 to 1985. During the war, he resided in Khartoum, Sudan and worked for NGOs and the private sector. In 2008, he worked as the Director of Culture for the Ministry of Culture and Heritage of the Government of Southern Sudan in Juba. In 2015, he was named Director General of Archives and Antiquities for the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. He was also the designated the national focal point for the UNESCO 2003 Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention in 2017. In this latter position, he attended annual Intergovernmental Committee Meetings where he brought the needs and aspirations of South Sudan to the global agenda.

Mr. Jubara will be greatly missed by all of the colleagues who worked closely with him at UNESCO. His personal commitment and passion to creating a culture of peace for development in South Sudan will not be forgotten. His efforts have helped to lay a solid foundation for the future development of the country.

CHDA Partners with the Department of Culture to enhance capacity for the Safeguarding of ICH among Maasai Communities

CHDA Partners with the Department of Culture to enhance capacity for the Safeguarding of ICH among Maasai Communities
Between 29th Jan and 14th February 2018, the Department of Culture, of the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts of the Government of Kenya and the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA), working closely with the County Governments of Narok and Kajiado, as well as other stakeholders, undertook two-days’ capacity building workshops for the Maasai communities of the two Counties, on the safeguarding of their intangible cultural heritage.1
Discussions in workshop
The program, called “Workshop on capacity building on dissemination of knowledge & skills on the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage of the Maasai community”, was coordinated by Mr. George Litswa and Mr. Calistus Musiomi, assisted by Mrs. Margaret Mwachala,2

 

 

on behalf of the Department of Culture, working closely with senior staff of the Culture section of the two County Governments.
Resource persons for the two activities included Hon. Anami Lisamula, the former MP for Shinyalu constituency, who is also a former Director of the Department of Culture, Mr. Peter Dennis Okwaro, Director of CHDA, Dr. Kiprop Lagat, Director of the Department of Culture, Government of Kenya and Mr. Taiko Lemayian, The Executive Director, Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT).
Narok: Maasai traditional dance
The workshop in Narok took place between 29th and 30th January 2018, while the one for Kajiado was between 13th and 14th February 2018
Apart from representatives of the local communities, other stakeholders who attended included University lecturers from local Universities, as well as representatives of local NGOs working in the areas of culture, heritage and tourism.
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The workshop looked at several issues related to the safeguarding of ICH, among them:
1. The meaning of safeguarding?
2. Key words in the 2003 Convention – ICH, Safeguarding (Urgent), awareness, enactment, forms of ICH, States Party, Community, endangered, inscription, participation, viability, ICH fund
3. ICH associated with the Maa community to be safeguarded & why it should be safeguarded.
4. Best practices on safeguarding ICH across the world.
5. The role of Gender and other stakeholders in the safeguarding ICH.
6. Community involvement in the safeguarding of ICH and the challenges involved.
7. Safeguarding ICH for Sustainable Development
Group-work during workshop Kajiado: Official opening by Dr. Kiprop Lagat,
CHDA takes this opportunity to thank the Department of Culture for inviting us to work with them on this program and hope to take this partnership into the future. We also thank the County Governments of Narok and Kajiado for their support and collaboration and most important, we thank the local Maasai communities for their contributions, friendship and sharing of knowledge.
Peter Dennis Okwaro
Director, CHDA.

Open Call Next Generation 2018

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The Next Generation Programme

In our last newsletter (December 2017) we already announced the new programme The Next Generation.
In this newsletter, only dedicated to The Next Generation, we want to share more information about the programme and we are pleased to announce the first call within the programme (Call 2018).

‘The Next Generation’, a 3-year programme (2018 – 2020), designed to work with and for young people (now aged 15 – 30) worldwide through arts and culture. It aims to develop their talents and self-confidence, to break down stereotypes and prejudice and to foster openness to others.

Through this Open Call the Prince Claus Fund will support one-year initiatives by and for young people that inspire them to contribute to their societies in ways that make them more inclusive and accepting of differences.
The programme is designed to create safe spaces for young women and men where they can explore the possibilities of different stories or alternative narratives that allow them to imagine different ways of being.

The Next Generation Programme follows the ‘not about us without us’ principle. The programme relies on the meaningful participation of young people, working with them, utilising their talents and acknowledging their own potential irrespective of age, gender or background.
We encourage projects with and for young people by arts organisations (i.e. visual arts, photography, film-making, theatre, literature, digital media etc.), artistic collectives, creative hubs, artists and cultural practitioners. We especially support projects that stimulate young people to engage in some or all of the following focus points:

  • Developing a wide range of narratives about possible identities, particularly those censored or marginalised for political, religious, cultural, economic or other reasons.
  • Creating safe spaces where young artists, participants and audiences can safely explore and develop their identities.
  • Helping young women and men to creatively and confidently challenge restrictive gender-norms.
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Photo Ghanaian Fans in Accra ©James Iroha Uchechukwu

The Next Generation Programme will offer safe spaces and facilitate alternative narratives and learning through exchange.

The ultimate goal of a peaceful, inclusive society, with opportunities for all requires:

  1. Space for cultural expression
  2. Alternative narratives
  3. Opportunities for exchange

The 2018 call for The Next Generation seeks proposals, which enable young people (ages 15-30) in countries eligible from Africa and the Middle East to explore, define and represent their identities through arts and culture in a project that lasts a maximum of one year.

Geographical Focus
Spread over the three years, the programme will support cultural activities in countries on the OECD’s DAC list. Please note that Dutch Foreign policy (who is the sole financier of the programme) excludes Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Mali, according to the Letter to Parliament by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of February 15th, 2017.

In 2019 a call is planned for the region Asia and in 2020 for the region Latin America.

Click here for all the documents regarding the call

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ICCROM Course Nature – Culture ANNOUNCEMENT

International Course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management

Dates: 6 – 16 June 2017

Place: Røros Mining Town and the Circumference, Norway (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/55)

Organisers:

ICCROM, IUCN and the Norwegian Ministry of Climate and Environment in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Office of Culture

Partners:

The Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage, The Norwegian Nature Agency, Røros Mining Town and the Circumference’s local management, ICOMOS, and  UNESCO World Heritage Centre

The World Heritage Leadership Programme

This ground-breaking course is a key component of the new World Heritage Leadership programme developed by ICCROM and IUCN and Norwegian Ministry of Environment.  The World Heritage Leadership programme aims to take a new approach to implementing the long standing partnership of IUCN and ICCROM in capacity development to support the World Heritage Convention. This new programme emerged as a response to the growing concerns over the divide between nature and culture within many aspects of the World Heritage process despite one of the defining characteristics of the World Heritage Convention being that the protection and management of both natural and cultural values of Outstanding Universal Value falls under one international instrument. There is now a growing recognition and interest in bridging the divides and differences between nature and culture and addressing commonalities and possible shared opportunities in managing heritage sites. The World Heritage Leadership Programme (WHLP) is delivered by IUCN and ICCROM in collaboration with ICOMOS and WHC and other organisations and is being developed with the support of the Norwegian Ministry of Environment and other partners. This programme will focus on:

  • Setting and testing the leading standards for conserving sites, and ensuring their contribution to communities and sustainable development, through engaging in World Heritage;
  • Providing high profile, widely translated documented advice on conservation policies and practices, notably by integrating the ICCROM-led Managing Cultural World Heritage manual and the IUCN-led Managing Natural World Heritage manual, into a single  new publication;
  • Establishing a network of internationally recognized leadership sites, which will include the World Heritage Sites demonstrating leading practice, and which can provide platforms for learning, and for capacity building;
  • Building international networks between nature and culture practitioners and institutions that link on-ground practice with leadership at international, regional, national and local levels.
  • Providing diverse training events, exchanges, and other capacity-building activities to support the work of both site managers and stakeholders, and national heritage services in diverse States Parties.

Course Background

This course on Linking Nature and Culture in World Heritage Site Management, to be held at Røros, is the first major activity of the World Heritage Leadership Programme, and the start of a process to set a new standard to link nature and culture practice in World Heritage Sites. The course curriculum has been developed through a series of activities.  Among them was the curriculum developed to organise an international training course by ICCROM and IUCN to ‘Address nature –culture interlinkages in managing World Heritage Sites’ in 2014. Course modules were subsequently tested at training activities of ICCROM over the last two years. This also includes the course on People Centred Approaches to Conservation of Nature and Culture (http://www.iccrom.org/wp-content/uploads/PCA_Annexe-2.pdf) already designed and implemented. Tsukuba University (Japan) ran a course (https://goo.gl/1mxvDn) related to the theme using the curriculum as the basis. The course at Røros will bring together all these experiences and also address the relationship between people (including local communities and indigenous peoples), and the cultural and natural values of sites and how sites and their surrounding land/seascapes are managed. A crucial feature of the course is that it will bring together practitioners and resource persons from both cultural and natural heritage sectors.

Overall goal

The overall goal of the course is that participants will have the added knowledge, skills and awareness to address nature and culture inter-linkages in which people are an integral part and improve management and governance approaches of a diverse set of World Heritage Sites, through shared experiences from both sectors.

Specific objectives

  1. To rethink natural and cultural heritage conservation as an interrelated and interdependent concept, rather than as separate domains and to rethink current approaches, where nature and culture management remain separate.
  2. To provide support to practitioners to carry out quality management at World Heritage properties through understanding the existing linkages and separations of nature and culture in the World Heritage system which poses policy and institutional challenges as well as complexities in their daily work?
  3. To build synergies across sectors and engage far more proactively with policy makers, communities and networks in addition to practitioners.
  4. To explore and test in the field methodologies/ approaches and improve abilities/ skills of practitioners to bridge gaps in linking culture and nature.
  5. To convince the practitioners to consider people as a core component of heritage management and to address the well-being of both and ensure natural and cultural heritage has a dynamic and mutually beneficial role in society today and long into the future.
  6. To create and strengthen communities of practice.

Participants

The course is designed for a maximum of 20 participants and is open to heritage practitioners from the cultural and natural heritage sectors, with a particular emphasis on practitioners linked to World Heritage Sites. Participants should be able to demonstrate their involvement in on-going management activities of a cultural heritage site with natural values, or vice versa.  The resource persons invited to contribute to the course will be drawn from both cultural and natural heritage sectors.

The working language of the course will be English.

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses

Participants will be responsible for their round trip travel costs to and from Norway and their living costs (accommodation will be provided).  Candidates are strongly encouraged to seek financial support from sources such as governmental institutions, employers and funding agencies. In cases of proven financial need, and depending on the availability of funding at the time of the course, a number of partial scholarships may be granted to cover travel and living expenses.

Applications

Please fill the ICCROM application form (obtainable from ICCROM web site) and send it together with the documents listed below to the following e-mail: LNC17@iccrom.org

  • A full professional curriculum vitae (in English)
  • A description of the site you are currently involved in indicating the natural/cultural values of the site and expressing your views on the need to address interlinkages (WH Site preferred).

Application deadline

Applications should reach ICCROM by 31 March 2017 to ensure inclusion in our selection process.

 

CHDA SUCCESSFULLY HOLDS A THREE-DAY TECHNICAL TENTATIVE LISTING WORKSHOP IN MOMBASA, KENYA– 30TH JANUARY TO 1ST FEBRUARY 2017

  Group photo of participants with the Chief Guest Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia and his delegation after the official opening ceremony

The Technical Tentative Listing workshop is the first activity within the larger World Heritage Nomination Program in Africa that aims at upstreaming the Continent’s Tentative Lists for the period 2016 to 2019. This is a joint project with CHDA’s counterpart for Francophone Africa, EPA, who are implementing the same program in Francophone Countries.

The program aims at strengthening the capacities of African Cultural and Natural Heritage professionals to develop up-to-standard Nomination Files and thus increasing the number of Nomination Dossiers successfully submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre for consideration as World Heritage properties.

This project is being undertaken in close collaboration with, and with the participation of the World Heritage Centre (WHC), as well as the World Heritage Advisory Bodies – ICOMOS, IUCN and ICCROM.

As a foundation to the workshop, a questionnaire was sent out to the technical officesresponsible for the implementation of 1972 Convention in all the Anglophone and English-speaking Arab States Parties(Sudan, Libya and Egypt), seeking information on the status of their Tentative Lists. The responses to the questionnaire were analyzed and a detailed report developed. This report, together with results from previous work by AWHF and the WH Gap studies were the basis of the three-day workshop of experts, which reviewed the data, discuss the priorities and opportunities at the regional and national levels and finally developed a prioritized list of sites with clear potential OUV and supported by the relevant States Parties and Advisory Bodies. Subsequent Nomination Dossier training workshops under this program shall work on these selected sites to a level that may be successfully presented to the World Heritage Committee for inscription as World Heritage Sites.

Dr. Peter Howard of IUCN making his presentation to the participants

Dr. Peter Howard of IUCN making his presentation to the participants

The meeting brought together experts from both Anglophone and Arab speaking African countries. The States Parties attending included: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. Others were Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt Eritrea and Kenya. The World Heritage Centre was represented by the Chief of the African Desk, Mr. Edmond Moukala, the IUCN by Dr. Peter Howard and ICOMOS by Ms. Laura Robinson.

The Chief Guest during the opening ceremony was the Director General of the National Museums of Kenya, who is also the Chair of the Board of CHDA, Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia. Dr, Kibunjia, who was accompanied by members of the National Museums of Kenya’s Directors’ Executive Committee (DEC) expressed NMK’s commitment to continue hosting CHDA, as well as providing support in form of human resources and utilities. He however appealed to other States Parties to come forward and support CHDA in one way or the other, especially in strengthening its human resource capacity and funding its running costs.

On the second day of the meeting, the Ministry of Sports, Culture and the Arts hosted participants to dinner at the Whitesands Hotel, where both the Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Hassan Wario and the Principal Secretary, Mr. Joe Okudo were available to meet and greet the participants. The Cabinet Secretary, in his address to the participants reiterated Dr. Mzalendo’s position and stated that the Ministry supported fully the work of CHDA and will do everything in its power to ensure that CHDA becomes vibrant and meets its mandate as a training and capacity building institution for heritage institutions and heritage professionals in Africa.

CHDA takes this opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ to all participants who made the workshop possible and successful; to the World Heritage Advisory bodies for their participation, contribution and invaluable advice during the workshop; to the AWHF for their support and partnership and to the National Museums of Kenya and the Ministry for Sports, Culture and the Arts for both hosting CHDA and supporting all its activities over the years.

PETER DENNIS OKWARO, CHDA PROGRAMS COORDINATOR PARTICIPATES IN THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP AT WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN AFRICA REVIEW MEETING IN PORTO-NOVO, BENIN

 

PETER DENNIS OKWARO, CHDA PROGRAMS COORDINATOR

PARTICIPATES IN THE

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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REVIEW MEETING IN PORTO-NOVO, BENIN

In accordance with the World Heritage Convention, the Second Cycle of Periodic Reporting for the African region took place in 2009-2011. Francophone and Anglophone Entrepreneurship workshops were held in Toubacouta (Delta du Saloum, Senegal) and Cape Coast Castle (Cape Coast, Ghana), respectively on 13-23 and 19-30 May 2014. The workshops gathered forty-six participants coming from 15 African countries and working on Entrepreneurial ventures on World Heritage cultural and natural properties.

The participants of the Anglophone programme were also involved in a site project which helped them to implement an agricultural venture at Mosi-oa-Tunya (Zambia), between the 22nd September and10th October 2014. Some participants of the Francophone programme also benefited from on-site monitoring visits by resource persons to improve their projects.

The Ecole du Patrimoine Africain – EPA (the School of African Heritage), in partnership with the African World Heritage Fund, organized a review meeting of the programme “Entrepreneurship at the World Heritage properties”, between 19th and 21st May 2015 at the EPA training facility in Porto-Novo, Benin.

Other participants included programme specialists from international institutions (UNESCO and AWHF); selected participants of the programme in the Anglophone and the francophone countries, representatives of the national institutions, and community representatives. Consultants and resource persons from regional organizations and NGOs were also represented (UEMOA, NGO AAFEBEN, CNBU/Porto-Novo and the Department for the development and the promotion of tourism – DDPT).

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THE GRAND MOSQUE IN PORTO-NOVO,BENIN

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MR. OKWARO CHAIRING A SESSION

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the review meeting in general was to reflect on the entrepreneurship programme at World Heritage sites in Africa with regards to format, achievements, challenges, and way forward.

Specific objectives included:

– Review the activities implemented in the framework of the programme

– Propose a format and an operational framework aiming at improving the results of the programme

– Identify any other action to improve communities’ concrete benefits from the inscription of the sites, including in the field of sustainable tourism.

The successful meeting was graced by and officially opened on 19th of May 2015 by the Director of EPA, Dr. Samuel Kidiba on behalf of all partners.

 

 

 

CHANGE OF MANAGEMENT AT THE CENTRE FOR HERITAGE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA (CHDA)

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Dr. Mzalendo Kibunjia, Chairman, CHDA Board.

The Chairman of the Board of CHDA, who is also the Director General of the National Museums of Kenya, Dr. Mzalendo N. Kibunjia (right) has appointed Mr. Peter Dennis Okwaro as the Interim Director of CHDA effective 11th June 2015. Mr. Okwaro, who has previously been the Programs Coordinator at CHDA since 2009, replaces Ms. Aisha Fadhil Ali, who now heads the Conservation Department of the National Museums of Kenya at Fort Jesus.

 

Mr. Okwaro has worked in the Heritage Sector in different capacities since 1991. He has worked as Education Officer, as Senior Curator in charge of Meru Museums and as Head/Coordinator of Education Programs in the National Museums of Kenya.

Between January 2007 and May 2009, Mr. Okwaro acted as the Executive Director of AFRICOM, the International Council for African Museums, a non-governmental, autonomous and pan-African organization of museums, created in October 1999 by leaders of African Heritage Institutions and based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Peter Dennis Okwaro


Mr. Okwaro holds a Bachelor of Education (Botany/Zoology) Degree from Kenyatta UniversityNairobi (1988). He has a Certificate in Arts and Culture Management from the University of Witwatersrand(1998) and another Certificate in Museology acquired through a JICA sponsored training (Intensive Course in Museology) from the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan (2005).

 

He had a comprehensive exposure to and developed competence in the area of management development through a three year programme he was involved in between 2000 and 2002, under the auspices of the Swedish-African Museums Network (Samp), where he was part of the team developing new structures and systems to run the organization for the future. He has used these skills effectively, developing museum/heritage colleagues both in Africa and internationally, especially in the area of project design and management.

INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL EXHIBITION OPENS AT FORTJESUS WORLD HERITAGE SITE

INTERNATIONAL MULTICULTURAL EXHIBITION OPENS AT FORTJESUS

WORLD HERITAGE SITE

his exhibition is as a result of partnership between Centre for Heritage Development in Africa CHDA, Newcastle University, Hainan China and IWOKRAMA of Guyana with generous sponsorship from En-compass. The exhibition takes once month before making its way to China.

En-compass is a European Commission-funded project involving communities from four regions across four continents, including China, England, Guyana and Kenya, working together to identify and safeguard threatened heritage resources. Despite its global dimensions, the project is very much a ‘grassroots’ initiative which aims ultimately to improve “access to local culture and to protect and promote cultural diversity, especially cultural heritage in imminent danger”.

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invited guests viewing the exhibition

 

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Coconut Banjo, Hainan China: stringed instrument made from coconut shells and wood

 

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Madam Aisha Fadhil Ag. Director CHDA address members of the forth estate