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Observe Culture to Promote Peace - European Union

posted onDecember 5, 2019

By Kampala Post Reporter

The European Union has implored the young generation to observe its culture due to the vital role it plays towards promoting peace and unity in society.

"The youth must know that culture plays a great role in promoting peace and unity," says Beatrice Campodonico, the European Union Delegate to Uganda.

While speaking at the 2019 Annual Youth Heritage Awarding ceremony organized by Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) and Community Peace Museums and Heritage Foundation of Kenya (CPMHF), Campodonico urged the youth from both countries to respect and promote their cultures.

The ceremony that was held at the Ndere Cultural Center, Ntinda on Wednesday climaxed a cross- border project that aimed at enhancing the value of social cohesion among young people in Uganda and Kenya, using culture as a resource for peaceful co-existence.

In 2019, youth below the age of 21 participated in a cross-border Heritage competition. 462 young people from both countries participated in the competition by drawing or painting cultural practices which they considered important in bringing peace and unity in their communities.

Nicholas Opiyo, Director Chapter Four Uganda urged the youth to always love, appreciate and be proud of their culture for it's a source of heritage, joy, entertainment and also does a lot in conflict resolution.

"Culture is an important aspect of our lives that growing people need to appreciate. We must therefore love, protect, promote and be proud of it," said Opiyo at the event. At the event was awarding of 13 young people (6 from Kenya and 7 from Uganda) who were successful after a heritage competition that illustrated how cultural practices, rituals, items or games can bring peace and unity in their communities.

Emily Drani, Executive Director, CCFU and the chief organizer of the event urged the young people to embrace cultural diversity in their communities.

The event was held under the theme; 'Youth and the use of cultural resources in promoting cross-border peace and unity' was attended by several government dignitaries, Social workers, Cultural Heritage Clubs from some Ugandan and Kenyan schools among other people.

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