Consultations on Arts and Culture Policy end

24 Nov 2015 19:10pm
WINDHOEK, 23 NOV (NAMPA) – The Directorate of National Heritage and Culture under the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture held its final consultative meeting on the review of the draft Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy of 2001 on Monday.
The meeting was held in Windhoek, and was the final in a series of consultative meetings that took place countrywide. These were aimed at reviewing the policy in accordance with the latest developments and current needs of the Namibian arts, culture and heritage sector.
The National Heritage Council of Namibia (NHC), a government organisation responsible for historic preservation, has been having regional consultative meetings for the past 10 months to give stakeholders an opportunity to review the draft and discuss what they want to see in the final policy.
Speaking at the meeting, Axaro Thaniseb, who facilitated the consultations, said upon completion, the policy will be presented to the Minister of Education, Arts and Culture Katrina Hanse-Himarwa, who will present it to Cabinet for approval.
Before Cabinet gives its final approval, it will also be submitted to the Attorney-General to scrutinise its legal framework.
Esther Moombola-/Goagoses, chairperson of the National Heritage Council, in her welcoming speech urged all participants to contribute.
“This is a tool that will lead us to our own art, let’s talk and contribute to the draft of this policy,” she said.
The amendments to the policy are aimed at creating a creative, innovate and productive environment for the sustainable growth of the arts and culture sector.
In addition, the policy is also aimed at strengthening Namibians’ cultural identity and redefining it so that it can become a tool to help fight poverty and improve people’s livelihoods.