This co-operation project, financed by the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust, is launched in Kampala. It is implemented by the UNESCO Nairobi Office, through a project management committee established by the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO, in collaboration with the line Ministries and national institutions related to culture, education and natural environment and the Kingdom of Buganda, Uganda.
Bark cloth is produced from the inner bark of the mituba trees, and used by the Buganda people in an important traditional practice which was proclaimed by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005.
With the tendency of young people to move to urban areas, reinforced by the influence of modernization, the use of bark cloth has declined significantly. Moreover, bark cloth-makers tend to be marginalized and associated with low social status. Core activities of the project include documenting the suitable types and the use of mituba trees, training young people on bark cloth making, developing a museum visitor programme, encouraging the use of bark cloths in craft production, and establishing a certification process in the national vocational education system.