Experts meeting on production of resource material on the national liberation movements in the SADC region
The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in collaboration with the Southern African Research and Documentation Centre (SARDC), the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa and the UNESCO Office in Windhoek are organising an “Experts meeting on production of resource material on the national liberation movements in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Region - Regional dimensions and linkages” to be held in Windhoek, Namibia, on 24 and 25 April 2018.
The meeting is held in the context of UNESCO’s African National Liberation Heritage Programme and it will cover seven countries namely Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The experts meeting is the first step towards the implementation of a project on the National Liberation Movements Heritage Programme.
It aims to generate awareness and educational tools to sustain shared knowledge about the independence movement across the region and regenerate the shared cohesion across borders that emerged during that period, thus contributing to regional integration.
It should also facilitate the continued recognition and teaching of the regional dimensions of the independence movement in schools and colleges, and to engage young women and men through intercultural dialogue and civic education across national borders, enabling them to proudly identify with their region, reconnect with their regional histories and roots, become aware of their shared heritage, and relate with each other on a positive basis.
In keeping with the current thinking in UNESCO clearly articulated in its General History of Africa programme, experts would be invited to reflect on the liberation movements history in a broader regional dimension, and to creatively interpret and write regional history in ways that highlight regional cooperation, bonds, solidarities, values, influences, commonalities and differences in the struggles as well as didactics lessons that can be learnt from these struggles. The proposed regional experts meeting will also contribute to the elaboration of the work plan for the implementation of the overall project “National Liberation Movements Heritage Programme”.
Academics, former members of liberation movements and experts from the SADC region and outside will discuss the subject and initiate the process of writing NLM heritage material that appeals to a broad audience in the SADC Region, including but not only governments, parliaments, schools, universities, and media, and are compelling for men, women and youth.
The meeting will be co-hosted by UNESCO, the National Assembly of the Republic of Namibia and the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture