UNESCO Moves to Preserve Indigenous Sports and Games

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Unesco has stressed the need for the country to preserve local games and sports, saying they are important for the national identity.

Christopher Magomelo, senior assistant executive secretary responsible for culture - Malawi commission for unesco, says they are implementing the Safeguarding of Ludodiversity of Malawi through Formal and Nonformal Education project in advancing the cause.

He said this in Blantyre on Friday, September, 2023 during the consultative meeting on the project.

“Through this project, we want to safeguard traditional games and sports because they are important as they carry our identity. They make us enjoy when we pass time so they are important for our culture.

“We should indeed move with time but it doesn’t necessarily mean that we should practice these games the way we practiced a hundred years ago for example. They have evolved also with time so we should practice them the way we should practice them in the modern era,” he said.

Ivy Kondowe Chinangwa, lecturer at the Malawi University of Science and Technology, said that the meeting was important to what they do in various educational sectors from primary to tertiary.

“We really understand that even these games that we have today which are modernized are derived from the indigenous games and in the absence of these games, our culture is diminishing especially to the young students in various sports sectors.

“We have the models that we teach on what we have discussed today such as the indigenous sports and games. Not only that, even in primary and secondary schools, I am one of those who developed the curriculum such as physical education and expressive arts. So, this meeting is important to us,” she said.

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