The second PATH Capacity Building Training started officially with formal speeches from Edward Kaweesa, director of the Uganda Voluntary Development Association; Victoria Lovelock, director of CCIVS and Mauro Carta, CCIVS program manager.
The two trainers, Mauro Carta and Valerie Weidinger proposed the first activities: a name game and a global presentation of the PATH project, aimed at providing more details about the training taking place in Uganda.
After some logistic expalanation, participants were invited pto present their local projects, focusing on their PATH workcamps and sharing information about their organisations and the different ongoing activities.
During the second part of the morning, participants had the chance to reflect about their expectations, fears and contributions for the training. Mauro presented the results of this activity and highlighted the main inputs from the group.
Mr Kigongo Remigius Mugerwa, site manager and heritage conservator for UNESCO at the Kasubi Tombs, presented the following session. This site, situated in Kampala, is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 2001. The expert explained some aspects of the site management and the strategies to protect it from the different risks, such as the fire that happened in 2010. This presentation was preparatory to the visit of the next day in Kasubi.
This first part of the afternoon was completed by a presentation about cultural heritage. This was the occasion to present some definitions about heritage, and to compare the perceptions of each participant about this aspect. Among the inputs from the group, it was specified that:
- heritage can be a source of identity
- it can be a way for peace and conflict transformation
- it is a political recognition on a national level
- it is linked with economic and social development
To conclude this session, participants were asked to link a type of heritage with an example from their own experience. They presented many types of heritage, typical from their culture.
At the end of this afternoon, participants had a brief presentation about the International Voluntary Service movement, its history and its link with cultural heritage.
Finally, participants shared their feedback on the day gathered in small reflections groups.