KVSO attended a conference about the promotion, transmission and appreciation of heritage among young people organised by the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM).

Since the adoption of the culture conventions, more and more sites and elements have been listed; each of them of universal value and representing our universal heritage, both tangible and intangible.

As precised during the conference: ‘The future of our remaining heritage therefore depends largely on the decisions and actions of the present generation of young people who will soon become the leaders and decision-makers of tomorrow’. Educating and raising awareness among our youth is the key to insure that the message of promotion and preservation of our heritage will be passed on from generation to generation.

As mentioned during the convention, Kenya has proved his will to commit through the ratification of three UNESCO conventions related to culture, heritage and diversity. Our country has the chance to host six World Heritage Sites and two ICH inscribed as elements in need of urgent safeguarding.

Kenya faces many obstacles that threat our mission of heritage preservation: urbanization, poverty, political instability are some of the threats that have an impact on tangible and intangible heritages.

‘Transmission of heritage to the young generation is therefore crucial if Kenya is to pass on to the young generation its heritage ressources for posterity.’

This is why it is a must to raise awareness and to promote it in order to create interest, appreciation and then transmission of our heritage towards young people, especially in a country where the youth constitutes over 75% of the total population.

This event was the first National Heritage Workshop for youth to be held in Nairobi. It aimed to raise youth interest in promotion, conservation, and safeguarding of Kenya’s tangible and intangible cultural heritage as well as promote a culture of cohesion, integration and promotion of national values among the youth.

KVSO was glad to be part of this event as youth organization engaged in the preservation and the promotion of heritage, tangible and intangible. It is a must for our organisation to raise awareness about the importance of being the ambassadors of our heritage, our diversity, our identity. Advocating for heritage is the way towards peace, diversity and sustainable development.

KVSO educational project supports the vision of UNESCO in terms of education, youth empowerment and heritage protection. It is the aim of youth organization like ours to spread the message of peace, diversity and heritage preservation through trainings, workshops, work camps and long term volunteering programs. Such event encourages us to pursue this advocating work and we are proud to be part of such a great dynamic towards a better future for our people.