The British Council Kenya have been running a training course as part of the Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth initiative.
Run by the British Council, the course launched on Tuesday and is being supported Mount Kenya University in partnership with the University of West Scotland (UWS), who will spearhead training in cultural skills across the country along with Chao Tayiana, the writer and Founder of African Digital Heritage.
Over the last four days, attendees have explored cultural heritage including protecting the intellectual property rights for creators, ensuring they receive credit and where appropriate recompense for their creations with the lyrics from Toto’s hit Africa in a creative way to emphasise the key points.
Among those taking part in presentations were Dr Allan Moore and Dr Stephen Collins from UWS, Dr Peter Wekesa, Dr Peter Kirira, Dr Freda Nkirote and Dr Mary Mugwe.
Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth is a two-year pilot programme being rolled out with local partners in three countries, Kenya, Columbia and Vietnam.
In Kenya, seed grants and skills training to support cultural heritage will be offered to individuals, groups, communities and organisations working in creative enterprises, in the fields of music, film, fashion, crafts, gaming, performing arts, and tangible heritage.
Using the hashtag #CultureGrows, the Kenyan programme aims to promote both social engagement and a wider understanding of the key role that Kenya’s diverse cultural heritage can play as a valuable contributor to economic growth, stimulating tourism, creating jobs and enhancing the investment climate.
Among the implementing partners is Book Bunk Trust , a charitable trust focused on the renovation and restoration of heritage library spaces as well as the installation of new libraries into public spaces, which will be supporting the preservation and promotion of the McMillan Library – Kenya’s oldest library.
Heva Fund will extend grants for entrepreneurs and small business in the creative economy with the first of its seed funding applications already underway.