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International Mother's language day

24 February 2012, 12:13 Steve Wambugu

The government yesterday was urged  to revive and revamp cultural industries in the country in order to help address the rising levels of unemployment among the youths.

Speaking during the national celebrations for the international mother’s language day held
in Nakuru, the Director said the cultural industry was a gold mine which has not been fully exploited in the country adding that the country has been exporting cultural services for example musicians, acrobats and other performing arts which if well developed in the country could offer solution to the rising levels of unemployment among the talented youths.

Director Department of culture Mrs Gladys Gatheru said the department has embarked on  a mapping study to find ways to  improve on the cultural industries within the East  African region  that will develop ways in which the industry can contribute to the economic developments of these countries.

She said the department has embarked on activities such as cultural  exchange programs, community cultural  festivals, construction of cultural centers and improvement of performing arts to sensitize Kenyans on the need to appreciate the diversity  of Kenyan cultures adding that this will help unify Kenyans and promote peaceful co-existence to avert incidences of violence as was witnessed in 2007/8 poll skirmishes ahead of the forth-coming general elections.

The Director called on the Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner through his representative,
regional commissioner Amos Gathecha to provide a 5 acre piece of land in Nakuru
where a cultural center can be put up to sensitize the residents on the diversity of regional cultures saying the previous one was grabbed and attempts to recover the land has been so complex due to a chain of hand-changing.

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