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World Press Centre: (Press Release) - August, 2012
The World Heritage Volunteer Project launched at falls park in Livingstone on the 3rd of august 2012: Global Citynews, global alliance member of UNESCO
The Mayor A. Njekwa delivered a Speech during the Workcamp sessions.The work camp on world heritage volunteers started on the 28th july and finished on the 11th august 2012. During the 14 days, the volunteers were in the camp and they created public awareness on the important of protecting Natural Heritage Site (victoria falls) as well as work on some specific assignments given to them by the site manager at the Victoria falls. As part of the volunteers’ contribution, they painted the classroom block at palm grove school located in the heritage site. The volunteers put their best efforts in ensuring the work they came for and is successfully implemented.
The aim was to draw an interest about the importance and necessity to protect and promote cultural and natural heritage in general and world heritage related sites in particular. The world heritage volunteer projects are expected to raise awareness about and develop appreciation of the world heritage values through structured and non formal method.
The objectives of the world heritage volunteer project are to:
• sensitise the international and local volunteers, the local community as well as the concerned authorities around issues related to world heritage;
• increase the contribution by the youth and voluntary service organizations to world heritage promotion and preservation with activities planned on the basis of the concrete needs of the site and in coordination with the site management and local/national authorities;
• foster the development of non-formal education tools to strengthen the sense of ownership regarding our common heritage and provide young volunteers with hands-on skills training on basic conservation and preservation techniques; and
• create and strengthen synergies between the local youth organization and the local community, site management, national and local authorities and link cooperation to the issue of sustainable development.
"This project could not have come at a better time than now when zambia and Livingstone city in particular is busy preparing to host the United Nations world tourism general assembly here in Livingstone in august 2013" the Mayor said. Young volunteers are Zambia’s greatest tourism ambassadors and the executive director, Mr.Evans Musonda, youth association of Zambia, the director, Zambia National Commission for UNESCO, the director, national heritage conservation commission, the town clerk, Livingstone city council extended the invitation to youth association of Zambia to participate in the general assembly. The participation of young people will show case to the outside wide the role youth play in promoting tourism in Zambia.
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