Engabu Za Tooro - Tooro Youth Platform for Action


Contact: +256 772469751
Postal address: Plot 18, Kaija Road P.O. Box 886 Fort Portal
Geographic Coverage of NGO’s expertise: Uganda

URL: https://www.empaako.org

Year of creation: 1999

Safeguarding measures:

- identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making)
- preservation, protection
- promotion, enhancement
- transmission, (non-)formal education
- revitalization

Main areas of work related to the Convention:

Engabu Za Tooro researches, documents and reproduces the traditional folklore and promote it to modern stage through community perfomances, festivals and competitions. Engabu Za Tooro identifies critical indigenous knowledge in the in the traditions revitalises it and reconstructs it into modern social development using music, publications and media. Engabu Za Tooro develops cultural enterprises and services and professionalises service providers through training and market development. Engabu Za Tooro collects and preserves traditional materials into community museum. Engabu Za Tooro mobilises, trains and coordinates cultural consultants and practioners who constitutes its membership, personnel and programme beneficiaries. Engabu Za Tooro currently benefits from UNESCO funded capacity building country programme for community museum operators. It also benefits from international training workshops and exposure as a result of its accreditation to World Intellectual Property organisation (WIPO) intergovernmental committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional knowledge and folklore (accreditation certificate attached). Additional information: Engabu Za Tooro currently has two major programme areas 1. Youth Talent Development This programme mobilises and trains the youth to develop their talents and skills in their indigenous cultural expression in perfoming art and folklore so the programme researches, documents, publishes and promotes peoples cultural heritage in form of folklore and music. The programme re-invests the people's indigenous wisdom in proverbs, sayings and oral traditions, promote and intergrate it in the mainstream development thought and practice. This old wisdom is promoted by research and re-producing it in music, dance which is popularised through festivals and competitions. Art pieces produced around the old traditions of indigenous communities has won national and international music and video awards. The Cultural Troupe which packages this traditional wisdom perfoms at national and international venues and events. In September and October 2010, this troupe will lead cultural education and entertainment in several convention/conferences in several cities of USA (see attached invitation letters). 2. Culture in Development Programme This programme researches, documents and promotes indigenous knowledge in production. Thus it promotes cultural enterprises and services and uses traditional knowledge in peoples traditions to inspire and stimulate economic activity. Specific activities involve research, training and market development of indigenous enterprises and collection and preservation od cultural materiall in community museum. Koogere women empowerment project which uses the old tradition of a heroine to stimulate grasroot women participation has been recorgnised as a model case study in re-constructing people's traditions in today's development practice. The organisation currently is using experience of participating in the WIPO's sessions of Intergovernmental committee on intellectual property and genetic resources) traditional knowledge and folklore to develop a programme of protection of traditional knowledge through research and documentation. The organisation is networking with traditional knowledge digital library of India and national indigenous knowledge systems office South Africa to develop the programme of protection of indigenous knowledge. Yes, we are also registered with the NGO board. The certificate is attached. These certificates are renewed periodically and in most cases processes of renewal are delayed. The organisation is also finalising a process of entering a amemorandum of understanding for partnership with government through the Uganda ministry in charge of culture i.e ministry of gender, labour and social development


Preserve development and promote cultura heritage as a resource for social economic development. Establish and mantain infrastructure and facilities for preservation and development of cultural heritage and youth talents and skills development. Develop talents and skills of the youth for self - reliance. Additional information: The Memorandum and articles of association provide eight general objectives. Each objective can be operationalised by a big programme. This was intended to give unlimited scope and alternative programme areas but impossible to be all implemented. The organisation eventually developed a round five of the eight objectives all curved by the theme CULTURE AND DEVELOPMENT. OBJECTIVE C Empower youth to exploit their talents, skills development and promote creativity and self reliance. Culture become the instrument of the empowerment of the youth to build confidence and creativity for self-reliance. Skills and talents are developed in cultural and indigenous expression, like music, dance, drama and folklore. Youths and women entrepreneurial skills were developed in safeguarding, preservation and promotion of indigenous knowledge and entreprises. OBJECTIVE D To promote organisational discipline and effective leadership. Cultural values and indigenous knowledge was re-claimed to promote leadership and society organisation. Thus positive traditions, customs and philosophy in proverbs and sayings are used to promote good leadership practices. OBJECTIVE F To enhance partnership and networking with development organisations and progressive intelligentsia. The target for partnership and networking are cultural clubs and associations in the target society who are also targets for membership and beneficiaries to the programme. At external level, the target for partnership are organizations that support culture or cultural approach to development, protection and promotion of indigenous or traditional knowledge. Hence the organisations with which we have networking and partnership relationship include -Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda which documents and publishes our innovative cultural approaches. -Common Wealth Foundation department of culture and diversity which gives grants to some of our cultural projects. -Arterial Network which networks us as one of the cultural organizations in Africa -UNESCO which funds capacity building for our Koogere Community Museum through Cross Cultural Foundation of Uganda. -WIPO which accredited us to participate in the sessions of intergovernmental committee on Intellectual Property and genetic resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. -Prince Claus Fund for Culture and development which funds some of our projects. -HIVOS which funded some of the projects. -International federation of Arts councils and cultures Agencies (IFACCA) which invites us to participate in the biannual world summits on arts and culture -National Indigenous knowledge systems office NIKSO - South Africa with which we have learning exchange relationship to enable us build capacity for traditional knowledge) reserach and documentation as a means of protection of indigenous knowledge. -Traditional Knowledge Digital Library TKDL - India with which we have learning exchange relationship to enable us build capacity for traditional knowledge reserach) documentation and digital database development as a means of traditional knowledge protection. -Engabu Za Tooro is finalising arrangements to either partnership with the Ministry of Gender) Labour and Social Development - Government of Uganda through a memorandum of understanding. This is the ministry incharge of culture and heritage. OBJECTIVE G To promote the vitality of culture as a basis of individuals confidence and self realisation. This objective gave raise to the overall theme of the organisation as a culture and development which is operationalised into an overall cultural approach to development. It should be however noted that the organisation is in need of rephase the objectives in the memorandum and articles of association to be directed to this theme.


The organisation run training sessions called cultural school where cultural practitioners come together to share experience, skills, build knowledge through documentation, coordination and networking. The organisation links and facilitates cultural groups to exhibition festival and training oppotunities. The organisation holds an annual cultural festival called "Koogere Week" where heritage practitioners come together to compete, debate, exhibit, demonstrate and celebrate.