Africa: NCAC, Others Celebrate Africa World Heritage Day

In celebration of the continent’s unique cultural and natural heritage, the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and partners last Thursday converged at Fort Bullen in Barra, North Bank Region to celebrate the 2021 Africa World Heritage Day. The day was sponsored by the National Commission for UNESCO – The Gambia.

Celebrating the day in new dimension, Hassoum Ceesay, Director General of the National Centre for Arts and Culture harped on the significance of the celebration saying Africa World Heritage Day is celebrated every 5th of May to create awareness about the importance of heritage such as Fort Bullen “which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.”

He noted that community involvement in wherever there is a heritage site is very important.

The NCAC boss said extending invitation and celebrating the day with students from different schools will help bring the site closer to the communities. “Heritage has to be relevant to the need of the people that is why we don’t want the Fort to just stand here like this. It has to respond to the need and use of the communities,” he underlined.

DG Ceesay highlighted on some of their engagements in the community which includes training of youth on tour guiding and skills acquisition to let residents know that the Fort has potentials that can benefit them which is important as it will help the communities to preserve and protect the site.

In his remarks on behalf of the Secretary General of UNESCO, Lamin Jarjou, Senior Program Officer noted that it is an opportunity for people around the world, particularly Africans to celebrate the continent’s unique cultural and natural heritage.

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