Group calls for the protection of African arts, culture and heritage for sustainable development

Coalition for African Arts Culture and Heritage (CAACH) formed from 10 English-speaking African countries have called for the protection of African arts, culture and heritage for sustainable development.

Coalition for African Arts Culture and Heritage (CAACH) formed by 10 English-speaking African countries, namely Sierra Leone, Zambia, Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Malawi, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda and Egypt, have called for  the protection of African arts, culture and heritage for sustainable development.

The call was made during a training programme that was held in China topromote bilateral exchange and friendship between china and Africa.

Robert Kakuru, Chairperson, Coalition for African arts culture and heritage and assistant Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, Makerere University said: "One of the key lessons from this training was that China has developed largely because of its culture, arts and heritage. For African, countries to develop sustainably, we must promote and protect our arts, culture and heritage. It was during this training that the representatives of the ten African countries resolved to form the Coalition for African Arts Culture and Heritage (CAACH)."

He added that CAACH was mainly formed to; Strengthen research and documentation of African art, culture, and heritage; Identify, preserve and promote African art, culture and heritage; Facilitate national, regional and international cooperation in art, culture and heritage for international cultural understanding; Undertake education and sensitization programmes on art, culture and heritage and embrace cultural diversity; Build capacity in the art, cultural and heritage discipline.

Today, Coalition for African Arts, Culture and Heritage is currently a registered International Organization in Uganda with Chapters in ten African Countries.

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