A word from the minister
During the Official Opening Ceremony, the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Hon Agnes Tjongarero delivered the keynote address, on behalf of the Minister, Hon Erastus Uutoni. “We all have a fundamental role to play in ensuring that the future generations not only know, but respect and accept their cultural heritage. It is of the essence that we take pride in who we are and where we come from. Our culture is our wealth and if we do not preserve it, we lose our identity and without an identity, we cannot claim to have a sense of direction,” she remarked. Hon Uutoni is an alumni of the University.
Several traditional groups performed throughout the week, representing cultures from mainly the African continent, including a group from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) . CPUT attends the event annually.
One of the evenings during the week, featured a theatrical production of a play produced under the University’s Protect, Preserve and Promote Indigenous Cultures and Languages (P3ICL) project.
Currently, through the Faculty of Human Sciences, a team of researchers is gathering data from various indigenous groups countrywide, such as the San and the Ovambadja. The aim is to contribute to the preservation of indigenous cultures and languages. The project is funded by the European Union.