Ethiopian cultural policy available online

02 August 2005, Ethiopia

The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Cultural Policy is now avaulable online. The objectives of the policy are as follows:-
  • To enable the languages, heritage history, handicraft, fine arts, oral literature, traditional lore, beliefs and other cultural features of the various nations, nationalities and peoples of Ethiopia to receive equal recognition and respect; to preserve and conserve these and pass them over to future generations;
  • To create conducive conditions to carryout scientific research on the languages, heritage history, handicrafts, fine arts, oral literature, traditional lore, beliefs and other cultural features, which as they are constitute the identity of the peoples of the various nations and nationalities; to ensure the prosperity of these cultural elements and to enhance their role in development;
  • To ensure that all citizens can freely, equally and democratically participate in all cultural activities and to enable them to benefit from the sector;
  • To create situations favourable to creative artists and researchers working in the cultural sector;
  • To promote the culture of the different nations, nationalities and peoples, and to develop these in harmony with modern education, science, and technology; and to create culture conscious citizens that are proud of their culture and identity and are determined to preserve these;
  • To create situations that would favour the development of skilled manpower in various capacities in the cultural sector;
  • To abolish step-by-step traditional harmful practices;
  • To enable cultural establishments to play a significant role in the country's programme to bring in peace, development and democracy; and
  • To establish cultural co-operation on national, continental and international levels on the basis of the equality of cultures and mutual benefit. To view the policy online, CLICK HERE See also: The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Cultural Policy, published by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Addis Ababa, March 2003, 39 pages, bilingual (Amhara and English)