The ceremony brought together about 120 people, including representatives from government, academic and religious institutions and civil society; cultural heritage promoters; the media; students, teachers and well-wishers, to witness the awarding of 13 winners of the 2016 National Heritage Competition at the Uganda Museum, in Kampala.
The Annual Heritage Competition is organized by CCFU with the aim of encouraging the youth to appreciate and preserve their culture and to respect cultural diversity. For 2016, the theme was the illustration and relevance of traditional games and sports. Youth below 20 years of age were invited to demonstrate (by drawing or painting) a traditional game or sport, explained how it is played and its relevance to their local culture.
Of the 260 entries received from different parts of the country, thirteen winners were selected by a panel of cultural heritage experts, who assessed the adherence to instructions, originality, artistic and creative skills, innovation as well as regional and gender representation. The 13 best entries have been used to design the 2017 National Heritage Calendar.
The Chief Guest, Ms Rosie Agoi, the Secretary General of the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO awarded the winners and launched the 2017 Cultural Heritage Calendar. Three patrons of Heritage Clubs were also recognized for their outstanding contribution to diligently mentoring the youth to protect and promote cultural heritage through their respective clubs.
The National Heritage Competition and Awarding Ceremony is part of the CCFU’s Heritage Education Programme which was initiated in 2011 with the aim of enhancing the youth’s appreciation of culture and engaging them in protecting and promoting their heritage. To date, CCFU supports 100 heritage clubs across the country in partnership with 200 coordinators, including 18 community museums. The Foundation has also engaged the National Curriculum Development Centre to incorporate cultural heritage in the revised secondary school curriculum.