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Rockies Troupe members entertaining guests and participants of the 7th Annual Cultural Heritage Awarding Ceremony held at Nommo Gallery, Nakasero on Thursday. Courtesy Photo.

Ugandan Universities to Introduce Cultural Heritage Degree Courses

This was revealed by Emily Drani, Executive Director of Cross-Cultural Foundation (CCFU) during the 7th Annual Cultural Heritage Awarding Ceremony held at Nommo Gallery, Nakasero
posted onDecember 7, 2017
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By Abraham Kizza

Four Ugandan universities are set to start Cultural heritage courses for people who have interest in advancing in cultural studies.

These courses which will be named “Cultural Heritage and Sustainable development” will start in the next academic year.

This was revealed by Emily Drani, Executive Director of Cross-Cultural Foundation (CCFU) during the 7th Annual Cultural Heritage Awarding Ceremony held at Nommo Gallery, Nakasero on Thursday.

“We have collaborated with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization¬) and decided to start up Cultural Heritage and Sustainable development courses in four universities in Uganda which is starting the coming academic year,” she said.

She added that “we are currently developing training materials for these courses.”

Among the universities where these courses will be trained are; Kyambogo University, Uganda Martyrs University, Kabale University and Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU).

The event which was characterized by traditional dances, folksongs, and games under the theme: ‘Illustrating traditional dances and their significance in the local context’ ended with awarding the winners of  the  2017  Annual  Cultural  Heritage  Competition.

The winners exhibited knowledge of their cultural identity including clans, totems and family linage. The winners also exhibited skills in cultural  expression  and  performances,  art  and  crafts,  as  well  as  appreciation  and  respect  for  cultural diversity. 

Prof. Luutu Mukasa, the Vice Chancellor of the Marcus Garvey Pan Afrikan University who was the Chief Guest encouraged young people to always be conscious of the past, present and future of their culture.

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Prof. Luutu congratulates one of winners of the annual cultural heritage competition 2017 at the ceremony held at Nommo gallery. Courtesy Photo

“We need to cross that bridge between our cultures and recognize our commonalities. We should also go beyond our cultures so as to have the cultural diversity,” he said.

He also urged youth to be culturally humble to recognize other cultures other than their own.

“I want to urge all of you that the first act you have to reinforce every day is to be culturally humble,” he added. 

Emily Drani said that this program, having started in 2011, has played a momentous role in enhancing young people towards recognizing and appreciating their cultural heritage.

She added that it has also played a significant role in training teachers  to  establish  heritage  clubs,  providing  of information  on  culture  and motivational materials, and advocating for the inclusion of cultural heritage in the national secondary school curriculum.

“So far, 260 secondary school teachers have been trained by CCFU to establish  and support  130  heritage  clubs,  in  partnership  with  16  Community  Museums  across the  country,” said Drani. 

The event was attended by cultural groups representing all parts of Uganda including; central, northern, eastern, southern and western regions.

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