Dec 6, 2017

And the winner is ... !

Don't come between me and my culture: Sierra Leone
Don't come between me and my culture: Sierra Leone

You'll remember that we left our young people in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe making video clips about their heritage.  They had all joined Heritage Clubs and were learning a lot about their cultural backgrounds. 

The time had come to share this learning - and to find out more about the history and heritage of their neighbours!

So with help from their club leaders, the young people made short video clips about their community’s heritage.  These were then shared with the other countries where a local jury drew up a short list of the ‘best’ clips.   Zimbabwe selected the two best videos from Sierra Leone; Sierra Leone did the same for Uganda and Uganda voted on Zimbabwe’s clips.   

The young people then selected a single winner from each country.   (I was part of the email chain between the organisers and it was a technically complicated but really inclusive and wonderful process!)

I’m afraid some of the results are still under wraps but the Sierra Leone Monuments and Relics Commission has announced their winner and there is a wonderful video of this event which you can watch below.  The Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda will hold a special ceremony on 7th December for their awards.  Watch this space!

I personally found it heart-warming to see the joy and excitement amongst the young people in Freetown.  I felt so happy to have played a small part in this – and I hope you will too.   (Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our cultural heritage made us all sing and dance like that?)

And it’s thanks to you that we’ve been able to make this happen!  Together, we’ve brought joy and knowledge and understanding to these young people in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe.   And we hope that this experience will encourage future generations to preserve, enjoy and learn from their rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Thank you all for your generous support.  We couldn’t do it without you!

A nation without heritage is dead: Sierra Leone
A nation without heritage is dead: Sierra Leone

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Sep 7, 2017

Youth linking minds across continents

Marie of Kawaala District, Kampala, making a video
Marie of Kawaala District, Kampala, making a video

Across the African continent, heritage is under threat.   And yet we know that if we can encourage younger generations to play an active part in learning about their heritage, their cultural backgrounds - and those of their neighbours - we can begin to ensure its protection.

Young people like Sylvia who visited Bunce Island in Sierra Leone for the first time as part of our programme: “A feeling of sombre despondency took over the pupils as they traversed the length and breadth of Bunce Island listening to the events that characterised the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.  The tears that rolled down Sylvia's eyes were enough reason to preserve and save this endangered site from degradation” writes Mohamed Faray Kargbo, Education and Outreach Officer of the Sierra Leone Monuments and Relics Commission.

So our project, "Encourage African Youth to Embrace their Heritage" is doing just what it says on the tin by bringing together young people's love of heritage and modern technology!

The latest news is that youth from Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone and Uganda are really getting to grips with their heritage through a competition to make video clips illustrating their passion for history and culture, or interesting activities they engage in through Heritage Clubs in their schools. The programme brings together the National Trust of Zimbabwe, the Monuments and Relics Commission of Sierra Leone, the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda (CCFU) and INTO.

Many mini-films have already been submitted and the juries in the various countries will convene in October to choose the winners.   

Once again, huge thanks to you, our generous donors who have enabled this exciting and innovative project to take place!

All the partners involved have learned so much over the course of the programme (including me!) and we are delighted to see young people benefitting from exposure to their cultural heritage – and learning more about what they can do to protect it into the future.  

Thank you warmly for your continued support.

Best wishes, Catherine

Youth visiting Bunce Island, Sierra Leone
Youth visiting Bunce Island, Sierra Leone
A cultural heritage club in Mbale, Uganda
A cultural heritage club in Mbale, Uganda
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
 
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