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Ghana developing an enabling environment for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage

Source: UNESCO

Ghana developing an enabling environment for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage

The UNESCO office in Accra organized a needs assessment validation workshop to identify the needs for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Ghana, on 13 and 14 December 2018 © UNESCO

Following the fieldwork in Accra, Kumasi, Tamale and Cape Coast to identify the needs for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage in Ghana, the UNESCO office in Accra organized a needs assessment validation workshop on 13 and 14 December 2018.

The activity took place under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture with the collaboration of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs; National Commission for UNESCO; Folklore Board and Ghana Culture Forum. The workshop assembled diverse participants from the government, civil society, academia, social enterprise, private sector as well as youth.

The workshop enabled the validation of the needs assessment report and a multi-year project proposal focusing on policy and legislation, public awareness and education, community based inventorying as well as sustainable development.

Undertaken within the framework of the global capacity building strategy for the implementation of the 2003 Convention, foreseen to develop institutional and professional environments favorable to the sustainable safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage, the activity anticipate Ghana to lay a solid foundation in strengthening its capacities for safeguarding the country’s living heritage.

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