Safeguarding ICH in Malawi through non-formal learning and transmission

Benefitting country(ies): Malawi


Implemented by the Malawi National Commission for UNESCO, the twenty-four-month project aimed to help safeguard Malawi’s intangible cultural heritage by increasing the number of experts trained in safeguarding, updating and developing new inventories, and disseminating the information through non-formal education. Previous capacity-building efforts trained a group of teachers and youth practitioners on the implementation of the 2003 Convention and safeguarding measures, while three community-based inventories have been compiled. However, the existing inventories do not document the variety of Malawi’s weaving and pottery traditions. In light of these facts, the project intended to train ninety additional primary school teachers and young people and offer opportunities for apprenticeships; conduct community-based inventories in Malawi’s northern, central, and southern regions and distribute the updated inventories in schools; translate the 2003 Convention into four local languages (Citumbuka, Ciyao, Cilhomwe, and Kyangonde); and promote intangible cultural heritage through local exhibitions.

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