Uganda’s communities are faced with many survival needs, making heritage conservation and cultural rights a low priority. This kit, published by the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda, has been developed to engage young people in interactive discussions on the value of cultural heritage in present times.
Why this tool kit? Uganda’s communities are faced with many survival needs, making heritage conservation and cultural rights a low priority. The forces of globalization also often threaten Uganda’s culture. This publication however reflects a need to raise public consciousness of the value of Uganda’s cultural heritage, not only as a source of revenue through tourism and related employment, but also as central to the history and identity of Ugandans and as an essential support for our development efforts.
The kit reflects the conviction that an important way to promote cultural rights and heritage, and their vital role to address Uganda’s development challenges, is to work with the young generation. Youth provide the key to embracing the positive aspects of culture, yet heritage education is currently almost non-existent in Uganda’s educational system, especially in secondary schools where young people see many of their values most keenly developed.