Awareness raising on the importance of the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage among traditional leadership and local communities in Zimbabwe

  • Financial assistance:
    • US$ 321,339 granted in 2023
  • Dates of implementation:
    • Approved in 12/2023 - not yet under implementation
  • Documents:

Benefitting country(ies): Zimbabwe

Overview:

To be implemented by the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, this two-year project aims to raise awareness of intangible cultural heritage safeguarding among traditional leaders and local communities in Zimbabwe. The project involves translating a summary of the 2003 Convention into local languages and establishing an information centre that will manage online platforms and share content, information and experiences with communities across the country. Based on requests from traditional leaders and local communities, the project also entails organizing awareness-raising seminars about the 2003 Convention and community-based inventorying, including conducting practical exercises. Participants will thus contribute to the transmission, collection, documentation and safeguarding of their intangible cultural heritage. This project builds on past efforts to cover a wider geographical area and increase the participation of traditional leadership and local community members. It also places a particular focus on youth, women and people living with disabilities. The project is expected to result in the creation of an intangible cultural heritage policy and to increase financial and human resources for safeguarding efforts. By increasing awareness about the importance of living heritage, it will also support community initiatives such as the creation of festivals and cultural events.

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