Senegal: UNESCO organises inter-generational dialogue on Gorée Island

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - As part of its efforts to implement the project: “Emergency measures for the consolidation and protection of Gorée Island: Fighting coastal erosion implementation”, within the framework of the World Heritage Convention, the UNESCO Dakar Office is organizing an inter-generational dialogue on Gorée Island, scheduled for Saturday.

The UNESCO media outlet reported that the meeting is the first in a series of 4 dialogues and aims to share experience between Gorean people and transmit knowledge to the next generation about the means of protecting the island.

The activity is part of the 3rd objective of the project and consists of a communication and information campaign to enhance the heritage value of Gorée and mobilise resources.

UNESCO said it is important to sensitise partners but also local people on the broad challenges posed by coastal erosion to the site’s conservation and integrity.

The dialogue, it added, is a way to ensure the transmission of know-how on conservation practices and traditional ways of fighting marine erosion, but also to highlight innovative good practices.

Some 40 participants will take part in the dialogue. These include elders and young people from different social backgrounds.

A storyteller will open the meeting, relating traditional stories about beliefs and the guardian spirit Coumba Castel.

Furthermore, 8 people have been identified to share their memories, experiences and other inspirational stories about the island’s protection, and time will be provided for sharing, discussion and debate.

Two moderators will facilitate the group discussion, whose page is: "Protecting Our Heritage and Fostering Creativity; World Heritage; Intangible Cultural Heritage".

The House of Slaves and its Door of No Return is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, 3 km off the coast of the city of Dakar, Senegal.

Its museum, which was opened in 1962 and curated in 2009, is said to memorialise the final exit point of the slaves from Africa. While historians differ on how many African slaves were actually held in this building, as well as the relative importance of Gorée Island as a point on the Atlantic Slave Trade, visitors from Africa, Europe, and the Americas continue to make it an important place to remember the human toll of African slavery.

The House of Slaves was reconstructed and opened as a museum in 1962, largely through the work of Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye (1922 – 2009), an advocate of both the memorial and proclamation that slaves were held in the building in great numbers and from here transported directly to the Americas.

Eventually becoming curator of the Museum, Ndiaye claimed that more than a million slaves passed through the doors of the house. This belief has made the house both a tourist attraction and the site for state visits by world leaders to Senegal.
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15 Julho 2017 07:39:41




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