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Namibia: rolling out the ICH capacity building strategy at the national level

Workshop at Waterberg develops national capacity of ICH trainers.

2003 logo.jpg The implementation of the capacity building strategy for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage in Namibia is moving to its second phase: after a series of successful community based ICH inventorying exercises carried out within the broader framework of the MDGF Culture and Development programme “Sustainable Cultural Tourism in Namibia”, UNESCO Office in Windhoek and the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture (MYNSSC) decided to train a group of 20 local trainers to ensure sustainability of the ICH inventorying and safeguarding efforts. A national Training of Trainers workshop was organised from 8 to 19 April 2013 at Waterberg, Namibia.

The majority of the 20 participants selected on the basis of their geographical, ethnic and linguistic diversity focused on specific aspects of ICH identification, inventorying and community interactions. In addition, a component on participatory training methods and a full day dedicated to strengthening presentation skills of the future trainers have been added to the workshop programme. The workshop was facilitated by two Southern African intangible cultural heritage training experts, Mr Stephen Chifunyise of Zimbabwe and Mr Lovemore Mazibuko of Malawi.

The experience of this pilot workshop in Namibia and its possible replication within the region will be discussed during the upcoming workshop “Southern African Regional ICH strategy, focus on the national Training of Trainers process” to be held in Harare, Zimbabwe from 30 April to 2 May 2013.

Publication Date 10 Apr 2013
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