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Capacity-building efforts continue in Portuguese-speaking African countries

Chopi Timbila
02 August 2013 – Within the framework of the global capacity building strategy for the implementation of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, two workshops will be organized in Mozambique in August 2013 that aim to reinforce national capacities for safeguarding intangible cultural heritage

The first workshop will provide training on the implementation of the 2003 Convention at the national level to officials from ARPAC (the National Institute for Socio-cultural Research), the Ministry of Culture as well as representatives of the local authorities, civil society and community leaders of the Monica District (Maputo, 5 to 9 August 2013).

Through a second workshop, the same persons will familiarize themselves with principles and methods of community based inventorying of living heritage (Monica, 12 to 21 August 2013). It is hoped that some of the participants will become facilitators who then will provide further training in Mozambique and in other Portuguese speaking countries in Africa.

These two workshops, organized thanks to a generous voluntary supplementary contribution from Norway to the Intangible Cultural Heritage Fund, form part of a project that targets Portuguese-speaking countries in Africa. The workshops will be facilitated by an expert from Brazil, thus presenting an example of South-South-North cooperation. Other beneficiary countries of the project are Angola and Sao Tome and Principe.

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