Government has established the long awaited national committee for Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) with communities to facilitate the implementation of the 2003 UNESCO Convention on their Safeguard.
And the Department of Arts and Culture under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen the identification and definition of ICHs in Zambia.
In an interview with the Lusaka Star, Ministry of Arts and Tourism, Public Relations Officer, Kabililo Kalembe said government has since initiated the ‘Training of Trainers’ Workshops under a capacity building stride on the UNESCO 2003 Convention for Safeguarding of ICH.
“We have since held training programmes, starting with Kabwe, on the need to identify ICH’s in order to be effectively positioned as a country in doing so,” he said.
Mr. Kalembe also said members of the committee have been drawn from various stakeholders such as the Ministry of General Education through the Curriculum Development Centre, University of Zambia’s School of Education, and the Institute of Economic and Social Research.
Others include the National Heritage Conservation Commission, Ministry of Chiefs and Tradition Affairs, and the National Museums Board.
He further disclosed that the department recently participated and won in the elections held during the General Assembly of State Parties.
He said this development translates Zambia as being the 48th State Party to the convention and a new member of the intergovernmental committee for the safeguarding of ICH.
Mr. Kalembe explained that Intangible Cultural Heritage means the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and cultural spaces associated with communities, group’s or individual’s recognition as part of their cultural heritage.
He added that capacity building efforts in the realm of arts, tourism and entertainment are a cornerstone to the advancement of the sectors that can meaningfully contribute to the country in line with the international standards.
FIFA GRASSROOTS PROJECT DUE FOR TAKE OFF
The Ministry of Sports and FAZ has laid the ground for FIFA spearheaded grassroots project for youth development.
Ministry of Sports Permanent Secretary Agness Musunga said the project will be under the wings of the Ministry of Education and will target youth from eight years going upwards.
The tripartite agreement will be signed next Wednesday and will formalize the commitment of the parties to work together to implement the FIFA Grassroots Project from 2017-2020.
“The FIFA Grassroots project will cover three parties which is Ministry of Education, Sports and FAZ,” she said.
And FAZ General Secretary Ponga Liwewe said that the project will enhance the development of football.
Liwewe said the move was part of the wider goal of FAZ to develop youth football.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga put youth football on top of his developmental agenda pinning it among his three key areas that involved league restructuring, referees education and youth football on top of his transparency gospel.
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FIFA RESPONDS TO FAZ COMPLAINT ON NIGERIA APPEAL
FIFA has put a close to the debate around the complaint lodged by the Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) over an Augustine Mulenga disallowed goal in the 1-0 loss against Nigeria in a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier on October 7.
The World soccer governing body has ruled that it would not act on the complaint as per their regulations there was no evidence of external influence or manipulation.
According to a letter signed by Disciplinary Committee vice chairperson Julien Deux, dated October 17, 2017 there could be no action as guided by article 5.6 of the FIFA regulations the referee’s decision is final.
“In this context, we refer your association to article 15 par 6, of the regulations of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, which clearly stipulates that no protests may be made about the referee’s decisions regarding facts connected with play. Such decisions are final and not subject to appeal,” stated the letter.
“Having said that, and for the sake of good order, we would like to emphasize that on the basis of the documentation and information currently in our possession, there is no evidence of any infringement of the applicable regulations by the referees of the match in question.”
The Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) filed a complaint with FIFA seeking an independent review of the match officiated by Botswana referee Joshua Bondo.
There was widespread outcry for FAZ to appeal to FIFA over the disallowed goal with parallels drawn with other situations where the world soccer governing body had ordered replays.
FAZ president Andrew Kamanga had told journalists on the permutations of the outcome when journalists pressed him in the aftermath of the match in Uyo.
“But the rules being what they are you cannot overturn the decision of the referee,” Kamanga said.
“The only basis is when there was external influence. So the referee maybe carpeted for making a wrong decision but the decision still stands and unfortunately that is where we stand.”
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