Second phase of training on UNESCO cultural conventions in Gihindamuyaga
The second phase of the three day training on was held in Gihindamuyaga Monastery from 17 to 19 September 2014. The training was organized by the Ministry of culture and sports in collaboration with the National Commission for UNESCO. 24 participants responded to the training: 12 from the 12 districts of the Eastern, and Northern province and 3 from the KIGALI town which are respectively: Rwamagana, Kayonza, Ngoma, Kirehe, Bugesera, Gatsibo and Nyagatare from the Eastern; Gicumbi, Burera, Gakenke, Rulindo and Musanze from the Northern province and Gasabo, Kicukiro and Nyarugenge from Kigali City. The Ministry of culture, The National Commission for UNESCO,the CNLG, RALC, RDB were also represented.
 
The aim of the training was to strengthen the capacity and the knowledge of the districts officers in charge of culture, youth, sports and tourism on UNESCO conventions related on culture, conventions ratified by Rwanda. The second objectives was to make them feeling responsible of the reconstruction, the management of historical, cultural and natural site in their respective districts are under their responsibilities. They have to list them, to include them under the district development plan of action, to propose them to be listed on the world cultural heritage, etc.
 
Participants discussing about the cultural conventions at Gihindamuyaga Monastery
 
During the three days training, participants discussed about UNESCO six cultural conventions
which are:
-Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict (1954)
-Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and the Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970)
-Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (1972)
-Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)
-Convention on the Protection and Promotion of diversity of Cultural Expression (2005)
- International convention on intellectual property (WIPO convention 1970)
 
After discussions and exercises, the districts officers in charge of youth, sports and culture sated strategies and committed themselves to implement these conventions in their respective districts. They engaged themselves to sensitize and mobilize the local population to the importance of their historical and cultural sites in order to protect, restore and to manage them so that they can generate money. They promised to list all historical, cultural and natural sites existing in their respective district; to submit them to the concerned organs to list them on the world cultural and natural heritage.
 
(At the end of the three day training, the participants had established the ICOMOS-Rwanda by putting in place a six members provisional committee which will put in place the legal framework and organize the constitutive general assembly within two months).
 
The minister of sports and culture Joseph HABINEZA during the closing ceremony
 
In their recommendations, the participants had expressed the wish to see the mayors benefiting such training to make them open to the cultural plan of actions and to work hand in hand with their respective culture officers.
 
The minister of sports and culture Joseph HABINEZA, who chaired the closing ceremony told them that strategies have been set to protect all cultural and historical sites in Rwanda and some of them have been listed and submitted to be put on the list of world heritage. He promised to work hand in hand with districts officers in charge of culture, sports and youth to promote cultural tourism.
 
Philomene MUKANKUSI
Dir. Communication, Information
Rwanda National Commission for UNESCO

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