Place: Porto Novo, Benin Dates: 15– 19 November Partner: Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA), La Direction du Patrimoine
Culturel du Bénin (DPC)
Seminar Objectives: The main objectives of the Directors Seminars were
To allow course participants to present the 6 th Regional Course to the
To examine the progress of the AFRICA 2009 Programme and give
direction for the future;
To allow directors to select 2 new representatives
to the AFRICA 2009 Steering Committee;
To commemorate the struggle and
abolition of slave trade.
Structure: The participants of the 6 th Regional Course presented to
the Directors their reflections of the course. The reflections were
the units covered during the course. Each participant reflected on
how particular issues raised in a specific unit would apply to his/her
were augmented by an exhibition of the management planning process
prepared by the participants. The Directors visited Ouidah the site
for the management
Planning exercise. Here the participants presented the sites and the
work they had done. The site was chosen because of its association
trade. The participants also worked on the sacred site of Kpasse.
The participant’s presentation was followed by a seminar on the commemoration
of the Struggle against slave trade and its final abolition. This was in
line with UNESCO's declaration for the year 2004. This was a bilingual seminar
attended by 16 Francophone 10 Anglophone Directors. Each of the Directors
presented on the topic and this was then followed by group discussions to
identify the key issues coming out of the group discussion and presentations.
Finally the Directors discussed the Africa 2009 programme. They deliberated
on some of the topics for the technical course and thematic seminars. They
decided that the next technical course should be on Conservation and Restoration
of Immovable heritage. For the thematic seminar the issue of making Traditional
Architecture sustainable was highlighted.
27 Directors and 5 partners’ representatives attended the Seminar.
The participants of the 6 th Regional course also attended the seminar.
Recommendations were made on the way forward with managing heritage
sites associated with slavery Africa 2009 programme
Mr Kidiba (Congo)
and Dr. Tereba Togola (Mali) were elected to the Steering committee
of 2009. To file the place left by Mrs Pumla Madiba, Mrs Esther
Moombolah Goagoses (Namibia) was also elected to the steering committee.