Amagugu International Heritage Centre has made history by becoming the first Zimbabwean institution to be named as Unesco’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) advisor
At the invitation of UNESCO, Amagugu International Heritage Centre (AIHC) participated as an observer at the 7th General Assembly of the Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention held in Paris, France from 4 – 6 June 2018.
Article 9 of the UNESCO ICH Convention provides for accreditation of advisory organisations with recognised competence in the field of intangible cultural heritage. From a total of fifty applications for accreditation by NGOs, a total of 29 were accredited at the 7th General Assembly.
Two Africa based NGOs were accredited, AIHC and Mali Cultural Heritage Agency from Mali, joining nine other Africa based NGOs already accredited with UNESCO.
A total of 147 international NGOs were already accredited ahead of the 7th General Assembly.
NGOs accredited by UNESCO provide advisory services to the Intergovernmental Committee in the framework of the 2003 UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention. In particular, NGOs participate in the identification and definition of intangible cultural heritage; the drawing up of inventories; the elaboration and implementation of programmes, projects and activities or the preparation of nomination files for inscription on the Lists.
Accredited NGOs play important roles at the national level, working with communities, states and other stakeholders to help implement the ICH Convention and thereby assist in the safeguarding of ICH around the world.
By virtue of accreditation, AIHC has become a member of the ICH NGO Forum, a body of NGOs accredited by UNESCO that fosters communication, networking and partnerships between and among NGOs.
Founded in 2010 by renowned historian and cultural activist Pathisa Nyathi, Amagugu is situated 60km along the Bulawayo-Kezi Road. It organises a variety of cultural, educational and recreational programmes for the public to learn and appreciate different facets of indigenous heritage, history and culture.