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The UNESCO Office for Eastern Africa invites organizations working in Somalia to submit a proposal to undertake education, advocacy and outreach activities for the protection and promotion of Somali cultural heritage, including translation of three UNESCO Conventions in the field of Culture into Somali language, development of a heritage education programme based on the UNESCO World Heritage in Young Hands Kit and tested in pilot projects in Mogadishu and Galkayio, organization of advocacy and awareness-raising workshops and activities related to the protection of cultural heritage and heritage education, in order to raise awareness of various stakeholders (governmental and non-governmental bodies as well as the general public on the importance of protecting cultural heritage and opportunities to promote culture for sustainable development.
The Somali government believes that reviving the country's culture can help tackle radicalization among its youth, a view shared by the European Union. "We are called a nation of poets," Somali Information, Culture and Tourism Minister Mohammed Abdi Hayir told Anadolu Agency on the sidelines of a cultural event organized by the EU's delegation to Somalia.
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia (SRSG), Nicholas Kay, condemns the terrorist attack on the Ministry of Culture and Higher Education in Mogadishu city that resulted in the death and injuries of civilians, members of the security forces and Government workers.
Artists in Somalia are taking advantage of a small window of freedom that opened when Al-Shabab abandoned Mogadishu. They create giant canvases to be displayed on the streets and meant to give people hope.
The Minister of Culture Higher Education, Prof. Ibrahim Adow, Minister of Education, Mr. Ahmed Wayel and Minister of Health, Ms. Qamar Aden were among those killed in the deadly hotel bombing. The Minister of Sports, Mr. Suleiman Olad, is part of scores of others wounded in the attack.