The Cultural Bureau of the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with UNESCO, launched an event on the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Eritrea on the 28th of January 2016.
Asmara, 31 January 2016 – The Cultural Bureau of the Ministry of Education, in cooperation with UNESCO, launched an event on the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Eritrea on the 28th of January 2016.
During the ceremony held at Embasoira Hotel, the Minister of Education, Mr. Semere Russom uttered that the implementation of the convention will have an enduring effect on the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of the country. He also underlined that preserving cultural heritages have significant contribution in reflecting the identity and history of the society.
The Minister indicated that the Cultural Bureau of the Ministry of Education in cooperation with UNESCO is working on ensuring that the heritage is preserved. He further explained that the preparation of the Asmara Nomination Dossier and its accompanying documents, coordinated by the Asmara Heritage Office, has been conducted involving a number of national and international experts over the last two years. The Asmara candidature file to the world heritage list will be submitted on February 1, 2016.
The Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa, Mr. Mohamed Djelid remarked that during his stay in Asmara; he happened to understand that Eritrea is rich in intangible and tangible cultural heritages. He further highlighted the importance in strengthening cooperation between all stakeholders involved for the preservation of Eritrea’s cultural heritage.
The Director of the Cultural Bureau of the MOE, Mr. Solomon Tsehaye, indicated that, in January 2011, Eritrea became a state party to the Convention for the Safeguard of the Intangible Cultural Heritage launched in 2003 by member states of UNESCO.
The launching ceremony was highlighted by the cultural show of Sbrit cultural troupe and other individual artists.