Jun 12, 2017

Lights, Camera (INTO) ... Action!

Marie from Kampala
Marie from Kampala

Our partners in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe have just launched their first video competition!

We all know how important it is to engage young people.  Their passion and enthusiasm - combined with their savvy presentation skills and use of social media - can make all the difference.

This is Marie from Kampala.  Marie attends a heritage club at her school. She is passionate about heritage and culture.  "I want to tell you why people like me love culture: Culture is about many aspects of life. The way we build our houses, the way we behave, our historical sites - all have very precious values.  Such as greeting and respecting our elders, but not forgetting the way we sing and dance. Culture defines who we are in society.  I'm sure you all agree that as young people we need to preserve our culture or else it will die one day.   So let's live and love our culture."

Our competition aims to harness the enthusiasm and technological know-how of young people in the celebration of cultural heritage.  We are challenging them to create short clips or videos about elements of their cultural heritage, which they feel are important/exciting/worth sharing internationally.

The best entries will be shared on line and people will be able to vote for their favourites.  There will be one overall winner from each country, who will receive a prize, thanks to your support!

Heritage can be seen as irrelevant and something to 'move on from'.  And yet culture, historic buildings, landscapes and traditions are essential to shaping our future wherever we are in the world.  As Marie says, they form a vital part of our identity and we must keep alive even the most hard-to-tell stories to avoid making the same mistakes.

Thank you again for supporting our 'Encourage African Youth to Embrace Their Heritage' project.  It's really exciting that it's now underway and we look forward to sharing some of the video clips with you shortly!

Thanks also to those of you who made it to our World Heritage Day event in Cambridge on 18 April.   You can find out more about the INTO 'Trust Kids' resource we launched, based in part on the experiences of our partners in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe. 

Video competition
Video competition
Young people visiting Bunce Island, Sierra Leone
Young people visiting Bunce Island, Sierra Leone
Mar 14, 2017

Maita zvenyu: A 'Thank You' from Zimbabwe

Pottery pride, National Trust of Zimbabwe
Pottery pride, National Trust of Zimbabwe

Here’s a message from a school on a visit to the National Trust of Zimbabwe:

“Thank you everyone who supported our project to grow the appreciation of heritage and culture amongst young people in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Inspiring the youth of today with a love of places, traditions and stories is so important if we want these to survive into the future. The fact that so many people we don’t know have given so generously towards our efforts inspires us even more! Many, many thanks …“

By way of thanks from us here at the INTO Secretariat, we would like to invite you to a special event at Emmanuel College, Cambridge on World Heritage Day (Tuesday 18 April). 

INTO Chairman, Dame Fiona Reynolds, will be speaking about the work of National Trusts to protect and pass on intangible heritage, increasingly under pressure ‘in a world where the drive for economic growth is crowding out everything that can’t be given a monetary value’.

She will reflect on how important it is to inspire and engage the next generation in the preservation of traditional crafts, performing arts, languages, rituals and festivals.  

She will also have the latest update on this project which is now getting underway in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe thanks to your very generous support. 

The lecture starts at 11.30 and will be followed by a glass of wine in the Old Library.  We do hope you will be able to join us any time from 11am.  (Please RSVP to the INTO Secretariat.)

Looking forward to thanking you in person on Tuesday 18 April!

Visiting the Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition
Visiting the Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition
Jan 27, 2017

News from Africa

Thank you so much for helping us reach our initial £2,500 goal to kick-start the 'Encourage African Youth to Embrace their Heritage' project!  We couldn't have done it without you and we are so excited about making a start on educating and enthusing our 300 new heritage ambassadors.

Heritage is so often seen as something for an educated elite – or somehow connected to poverty – but the work of our amazing partners: the Sierra Leone Monuments Commission, the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda and the Zimbabwe National Trust shows that the opposite is true. Heritage is all around us and is an important part of who we are, but it is under threat from ever increasing globalisation and intolerance.   

It’s more vital than ever to keep the stories and physical reminders of the past alive and safe for future generations – and the way to do that is through inspiring and involving young people.  We've all been so moved by the stories of young people finding out about their heritage and backgrounds for the first time, like Harriet and Milly, who said:

"It is so important to preserve our culture because it shapes who we are."

At INTO, we work with partner organisations to deliver projects.  Emily Drani and John de Coninck from the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda explain: “The idea behind the project is to ensure that young people from Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Uganda develop a better appreciation of the diverse heritage across the continent and become more effective in its preservation, through an electronic platform/ learning network related to heritage conservation and to strengthen the skills of our organisations in delivering more effective Heritage Education programmes for youth in a globalised, but diverse world."

They add: "Thank you so very much for all your effort and commitment towards our heritage project for youth in Africa. This is very exciting!   And our young people are so encouraged that there are people out there who appreciate culture and want to support them."

So a huge thank you from all of us and we'll keep you updated on progress!

Youth heritage activities, Zimbabwe
Youth heritage activities, Zimbabwe
Heritage Club activities, Uganda
Heritage Club activities, Uganda

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