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UNESCO Regional Director for East Africa meets with Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage

More opportunities are available to develop collaborations in this field, in particular for the benefit of Kenyan youth, who could be trained to develop traditional games in electronic games.

NAIROBI, Kenya, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

On October 8, 2021, the UNESCO Regional Director for East Africa and Representative in Kenya, Professor Hubert Gijzen, paid a courtesy visit to the Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and heritage, Ambassador (Dr) Amina Mohamed, to discuss national development and potential priorities. areas to strengthen collaborations.

The Cabinet Secretary warmly welcomed the UNESCO Regional Director for East Africa and Representative in Kenya, acknowledging the close relationship between UNESCO and her ministry in many areas where they work hand in hand to Sustainable development.

Professor Gijzen shared his vision on how UNESCO can strengthen its partnership with the ministry to strengthen the promotion of sport, culture and heritage, in particular for the benefit of local communities. He congratulated Kenya for its leadership in the implementation of the main UNESCO conventions in the field of world heritage, intangible cultural heritage and cultural diversity. He also encouraged the Cabinet Secretary to advocate for the ratification of three complementary conventions from UNESCO’s portfolio focused on the protection of cultural property in times of armed conflict, the fight against illicit trafficking in cultural property and the protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage, the benefits of which are discussed at a national workshop supported by UNESCO and implemented by the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO later this month.

Amb. Amina Mohamed mentioned the Ushanga Kenya initiative, a flagship project of the national government that aims to empower pastoral women involved in beadwork by transforming their traditional art into tradable products for significant economic benefits and sustainable livelihoods. She encouraged UNESCO to join and partner with the Ushanga Initiative, as it is a community model anchored in the mobilization of women in organized cooperative groups, the provision of infrastructure for production and facilitating access to local, regional and international markets, and thus encourage sustainable tourism.

Ambassador (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, Kenya Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage

Teacher. Hubert Gijzen, UNESCO Regional Director for East Africa and Representative in Kenya

He further recalled the 2018 UNESCO collaboration with the National Museums of Kenya as part of the UNESCO Open Digital Library on Traditional Games (a repository of resources available for free on traditional games), which builds on the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO, traditional sports and games and memory. programs of the World. Professor Gijzen and Ambassador Mohamed agreed that more opportunities are available to develop collaborations in this area, especially for the benefit of Kenyan youth, who could be trained to develop traditional games into electronic games exploiting the gaming industry. billion dollar game.

Professor Gizen praised the contribution of Japan, which supports a 2021-2022 capacity building program for the protection of underwater cultural heritage in Africa, which UNESCO is implementing in partnership with Kenya, and which has equipped a center training course in underwater archeology in Mombasa. which will host a training workshop for participants from the Africa region in early 2022. Amb. Mohamed shared plans for the development of the first underwater museum on the African continent. The tourist attraction in its late completion phase is located in Kilifi County and will allow diving tourists to explore the remains of ships lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean for over 600 years.

Concluding their first meeting, Amb. Mohamed and Professor Gijzen agreed to build on the close collaborations established between the Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage, the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO and the UNESCO Regional Office for Africa East to harness the potential of culture for sustainable development and peacebuilding in Kenya.

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