Youth & Heritage

Analysis of the research carried out in Old Town youths on their views on culture and heritage.

Analysis of the research carried out in Old Town youths on their views on culture and heritage.
The research involved interviewing of respondents and a batch of questionnaires that was filled by Old town youths. 22 questionnaires were filled and receive from the youths. Of the 22 questionnaire, 15 were filled by males and 7 were filled by females.
These were the few reasons as to why Old town was chosen as the Sample area:

Cost efficient. It was decided to involve the Old town youths because it would be cheaper. The cost of doing a research would be much less considering there would be no transport or administrative costs involved.
Accessibility. The said area was easily accessible to the researchers. The fact that the area is near the work place made it more reasonable to undertake the research on the said area.

These are some of the reasons as to why 22 youths were used as the sample size:

Easy to interpret and analyze the data.
Cost efficient
Time constraint.
Availability. The youths were randomly chosen. The youth had attended a seminar held by CHDA. Therefore it was easier to do the research. It should be noted that the youths were randomly selected.

The following is a step by step analysis of the data.
Most of the respondents had an idea of what heritage is and what it involves. Of the total 22 respondents, 16 had a positive idea of what heritage is. While 6 didn’t know what heritage is or didn’t write.

Age GroupMales FemalesNumber
16 - 19224
20 - 2410111
25 - 29235
30 and above112
Total15722

Reading:

From the table above we can see that there were 15 males representing a 68% of the total and 7 women representing 28% of the total respondents involved.

There were 2 males representing (13% of all males and 9% of the total), and 2 females representing a (28% of the females and a 9% of the total) number of respondents in the age group of 16-19 years.

In the age group of 20-24 years there were 10 males representing (67% of all males and 46% of the total) number of respondents and 1 female representing (14% of the females and 4% of the total) respondents.

2 males representing (13% of all males and 9% of the total) and 3 females representing (47% of all females and 14% of the total) responded in the age group of 25-29 years.

In the age group of 30 years and above there was 1 male representing (7% of all males and 4% of the total) and 1 female respondent representing (14% of all females and 4% of the total).

Description Male Female Number
Students 3 3 6
Employed11
Out of school 5 1 6
Unemployed 3 1 4
Self-employed 4 1 5
Total 157 22

A total number of 6 respondents were students. Of the 6 3 were males and 3 were females. Only 1 female respondent was employed. 5 males and 1 female respondent were out of school. 3 males and 1 female respondent were unemployed. 5 respondents were self-employed of which 5 were males and 1 was a female

Visited a museum Male Female
Yes 13 7
no 2
If yes,
Once 2
Twice 1 2
More than twice 10 5

A total number 20 respondents have visited a museum or a heritage site. 13 males representing (87% of all males and 59% of the total) have visited a heritage site.

2 males representing (13% of all males and 9% of the total)

have not visited the sites. All 7 females said they have visited a heritage site representing (100% of all females and 31% of the total) 2 males visited these sites once while 1 visited the sites twice. 10 males visited the sites on more than twice occasions.

Of the 7 females who visited the sites only 2 visited the sites 2 times while 5 visited the sites on more than twice occasions. Of worth note is the fact that many of the respondents visited the sites either accompanied by family and other members i.e. friends.

Opinion. Males Females
Very interesting 6 6
Interesting 7 1
Not interesting 00

It was noted that of the 15 males that took part in the research, 13 had visited a heritage site while 2 have not visited the sites. It was found out that of the 13 males that have visited a heritage site or a museum 6 were of the opinion that the sites were “Very interesting” while 7 of them were of the opinion that the sites are “interesting”.

6 females were of the opinion that the sites are “Very interesting” while only 1 believed the sites are “Interesting”

StatementStrongly Agree (SA)Agree (A)No Opinion (NO)Strongly Disagree (SD)Disagree (D)
A (The Entrance fee is too high for the youth.) 7 3 3 3 7
B (The Cultural/heritage sites are not interesting.) 1 6 2 6 7
C (Our Heritage gives me a sense of Identity.) 15 5 2
D (I would advise a friend to visit these sites.) 15 7
E (The youth should get involved in heritage/cultural issues) 18 3 1
F (I learn many things when I visit these sites.) 15 5 1 1

Reading: This question was aimed at finding out whether the respondents had any knowledge about the historical sites. This was broken down into questions on whether the heritage sites are interesting, whether the respondents would advise a friend to visit these sites, as shown above.

Among the 22 respondents,7 agreed that the entrance fee is too high for the youth while 5 strongly agreed,3 agreed,3had no opinion while the other 3 strongly disagreed. According to this analysis, the 7 respondents who disagreed that the entrance fee is too high were students while the 5 were self employed.

Again 7 out of the 22 respondents disagreed that historical/cultural sites are not interesting.2 had no opinion on this matter, i strongly agreed while 6 respondents agreed and the 6 others strongly disagreed. The 7 respondents who disagreed went alone to these heritage sites. Most of them feel, to improve museums so that we can have more visitation by the youth then entertainment should be included. One respondent went further to give an example as soft music.

15 out of 22 respondents strongly agreed that heritage gives them a sense of identity, 2 had no opinion while the other 5 agreed on this statement.

15 of the respondents strongly agreed that they would advise a friend to visit these sites ,7 agreed while we had 0 students that disagreed, strongly disagreed or had no opinion on this statement.

18 out of 22 respondents agreed that the youth should be involved in heritage issues. These youths were aged between 20-24 years. At this age, most youth are known to understand well their rights as youths and their role in national development one of them being involved in heritage issues.

Lastly, 15 out of 22 respondents said they learn many things when they visit these sites and these respondents were among the ones who visited the museums more than twice and they mostly spend their time visiting heritage/cultural sites.

all the content, research and analysis has been developed and produced by youth, Filex Magwanda, Precious Dama and Fuad Shirazy