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Strategic partnership for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage in Africa

Septennial re-roofing ceremony of the Kamablon, sacred house of Kangaba

4 April 2012: The network of 65 trainers set up ​​by UNESCO since 2011 to promote the implementation of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage and strengthen national capacities for its implementation is enhanced with a new training institution: School of African Heritage (EPA).

From April 11 to 17 in Cotonou (Benin), the School will introduce new teaching tools developed by UNESCO to assist States in safeguarding. Supported by the International Fund for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, this workshop will allow the EPA to strengthen the existing network of 25 African trainers and help future heritage managers in African countries.

The training material emphasizes the role of the States in taking the necessary measures to ensure the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage on their territories, such as adopting a general policy, designating competent bodies, fostering scientific studies and putting in place appropriate legal, technical, and administrative measures. The role of communities in identifying and transmitting intangible cultural heritage is also highlighted, as the importance of safeguarding intangible cultural heritage for sustainable development and social cohesion.