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Press and Cultural Heritage: what partnership for the sustainable conservation
of Cultural heritage in sub-Saharan Africa?

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Context:
It is because the "Press and cultural heritage" relationship in Africa is so fragile that EPA and the Africa 2009 Programme have cooperated to inform and debate with media professionals on issues concerning the implication of civil society and all the development stakeholders for an efficient and sustainable use of the educational, cultural and economic potentials of African cultural heritage.

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presse Participants visiting the Honmè Palace
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(89.0) in Porto-Novo, under the
supervision of Mr Soulé Issiaka

Since the end of 1990, EPA and the Africa 2009 Programme have been working with African cultural institutions in order to develop a greater awareness for the preservation of sites, buildings and historical monuments. Public opinion is still little aware of these issues as is testified by the frequent destruction and degradation of cultural heritage. Unfortunately, these losses are irreversible.

The success of the struggle for the safeguarding and the promotion of African cultural heritage depends on the cooperation between media professionals and heritage professionals.

That is why EPA and the Africa 2009 Programme are collaborating to inform and debate with media professionals on issues concerning the implication of their audiences for an efficient and sustainable use of the educational, cultural and economic potentials of African cultural heritage.

Target:
About twenty African media and heritage professionals from five countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea.

Objective:
Share with media professionals the stakes linked to the safeguarding and enhancement of African heritage in order to identify the ways to better use cultural resources in the context of the struggle against poverty.

Content and method:
The workshop is based on:

  • The analysis of individual experiences of the relationship between press and cultural heritage, the stakes linked to the safeguarding of this heritage, and the role of the different stakeholders, journalists included.
  • Debates centred on innovative and concerted actions to better sensitise audiences, in particular the younger generation.

The method is interactive, with presentations, debates, surveys and field trips.

Dates:
From July 18 to 22, 2005

Place:
Ecole du Patrimoine Africain, Porto-Novo, Benin

Partners:
Africa 2009 Programme, EPA.

Contact :
Ecole du Patrimoine Africain – EPA
B.P. 2205 Porto-Novo, Bénin
Tél. (00 229) 20 21 48 38, Fax (00 229) 20 21 21 09
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