CHDA AND INSTITUTE OF RWANDA MUSEUM SIGN MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING
The Centre for Heritage Development, an institution founded in 2000 by the (ICCROM) and the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), has since its inception, trained over 650 heritage professionals from across the 26 African countries it serves. Its capacity building program includes; providing support to national heritage institutions, local communities and States Parties in the areas of; Movable Heritage, Immovable Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage. Its approach to capacity building emphasizes the relationship between heritage and development.
The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) is a government institution, which was inaugurated in September 18, 1989 with one ethnographic museum based in Huye-Butare under the name of National Museum of Rwanda. Other museums have been opened since 2004:
- Natural History Museum of Kigali in December 2004,
- Arts Museum of Rwesero in Nyanza in May 2006,
- Rwanda Ancient History Museum in Nyanza/Rukari in May 2008, and
- Presidential Palace Museum in Kanombe in February 2009.
- In 2012, the Environmental Museum will open in Karonge/ Western Provence
The INMR’s vision is to provide museums and heritage sites around the country with a platform for education and exposing Rwandan Cultural and Natural richness. The INMR’s mission is to collect, preserve, research and present Rwandese past and present cultural and natural national heritage.
Rwanda is an emerging powerhouse in Africa. With increasing delivery on infrastructure and services to its peoples, its attention has now turned to the development of culture and heritage as a vehicle for development and restoring the dignity of all peoples in Rwanda.
Under the leadership of his visionary Board, the dynamic and purposeful Director General, Alphonse Umuliisa, has embarked on a program in Africa and globally, of seeking partnerships which would catalyse and nurture the emerging heritage sector in Rwanda.
The Centre for Heritage Development in Africa and the Institute for National Museums in Rwanda have signed a Memorandum of Understanding.
The agreement between CHDA and the INMR is focused on providing capacity building support and creating a strategy which has specific outcomes between 2012 and 2014 related to; identifying and developing concepts for new museums in various provinces, strengthening the competencies required in museum management and development, creating innovative activities between the museums and the local communities and providing support in its effort to safeguard intangible cultural heritage.