International Mother's language day
24 February 2012, 12:13
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
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
The Director called on the Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner through his
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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