Grenada Zooms-in on its Cultural Heritage

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 4:21 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, April 22, 2014 – GIS:
On Friday, April 18, Grenada joined the rest of the UNESCO Member States in the observance of International Monuments and Sites Day, traditionally known as World Heritage Day.

Aimed at encouraging local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage, UNESCO chose the 2014 theme of “Heritage of Commemoration.”

In addition to the observance of April 18, Grenada, through Cabinet, has decided to highlight April as Heritage Awareness Month – a platform that the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture will use to focus on the tangible and intangible cultural legacies that are being transmitted from generation to generation, among Grenadians.

Currently, the Ministry is in the planning stage of a number of activities for 2015 to include projects and programmes designed to raise awareness of all things Grenadian.

Already, consultations are being held with a number of stakeholders to work towards the formation of Parish Umbrella Organisations throughout the Islands, such as the St. Patrick’s Organisation for Development (SPOD) and the St. Andrew’s Development Organisation (SADO). It is the Ministry of Tourism’s hope that once these organisations are in place then other activities, such as community and parish meetings; the mapping of cultural assets; and the collection of oral, tangible and intangible assets of the various communities, will contribute to the compilation of a National Inventory.

Additionally, the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture has started dialogue with the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development to review the Social Studies and Tourism Programmes in schools to ensure that students understand and appreciate cultural habits and incorporate them into the vibrant tourism and culture industries that they may serve in future.

As a signatory to the UNESCO Convention in 1998, Grenada is determined to play its part in highlighting the significance of cultural heritage to the lifestyle, identity and community of its people.










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