WORKSHOP ON COMMUNITY-BASED INVENTORYING TO AID WITH CULTURAL PRESERVATION

Basseterre, St. Kitts, November 20, 2019 (SKNIS): The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has partnered with the Department of Culture in St. Kitts, as well as other stakeholders in the Federation, to create a community-based inventorying system to aid with cultural preservation.

During the opening ceremony of the community-based inventorying workshop, held at the National ICT Center at the Industrial Site, UNESCO Consultant, Nigel Encalada, said that countries are required to provide an inventory.

Mr. Encalada highlighted that this inventorying will identify the living heritage within a territory and “assess its viability, assess whether or not it is endangered, and then make decisions about how to assist the communities to ensure that the heritage does not disappear.”

Mr. Encalada went on to state that, “Many of the cultural practices of our parents and grandparents have been quickly disappearing.”

When language, which he says is the vehicle for culture, disappears, “many times what happens is the cultural practices and the tradition come at risk” of no longer existing.

Director of Culture, Troy Mills, applauded the Government of St. Kitts and Nevis, saying that the Federation is the “first in the English-speaking Caribbean to have successfully applied for this programme.

The workshop began on Monday, 18th November and will end on Friday, 22nd November 2019.

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