Uganda will tomorrow Tuesday 20th May 2019 join the rest of the world to commemorate the World Culture Day 2019. The day will be celebrated under the theme:-“Uganda’s Rich Cultural Diversity; Opportunities for Social Development.”
Addressing the press at Uganda Media Media Centre, Minister of State for Culture, Hon. Peace Mutuuzo said the overall objective for commemorating this day is to create awareness on culture especially the importance of our Cultural Diversity in relation to Social Development.
There are 65 indigenous communities in Uganda, which have diverse norms, values, practices knowledge, experiences, skills and domains.
The minister says government has rehabilitated the Uganda Cultural Center, popularly known as the National theatre to support artistic/theatre works. This was the first major refurbishment of the facility since 1954.
She added that her Ministry has worked with cultural leaders to denounce cultural practices contributing negatively to the development of the country, including those that lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS, Gender-based Violence, Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Minister Mutuzo says that as a way of regional integration, the Ministry of Gender has proposed the establishment of a Kiswahili Council to strengthen the learning, use and promotion of Kiswahili in Uganda and the region.
“The Gender Ministry has also drafted guidelines to promote the music and film industry in Uganda. Although these raise a storm among the public at initiation, through consultations with the stakeholders we are reaching an agreeable position” she noted.