The World Heritage Centre, in
partnership with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) and UNESCO
Brazzaville, launched the #MyAfricanHeritage Instagram video contest on African
World Heritage Day, 5 May 2019.
Participants are encouraged to post a video about an African
World Heritage site using the hashtage #MyAfricanHeritage for a chance to win
one of two prizes. The first prize is an internship with the AWHF (including
return flight tickets to Johannesburg, South Africa and a stipend). The second
prize is a trip to Robben
Island (South Africa) World Heritage site.
Proclaimed by the 38th
session of the General Conference of UNESCO (November 2015),
African World Heritage Day (5 May) is an opportunity for people around the
world, and particularly Africans, to celebrate the Continent’s unique cultural
and natural heritage.
While Africa is underrepresented on the World
Heritage List (African properties account for some 12% of all
inscribed sites worldwide), a disproportionally high percentage (39%) of these
properties are on the World Heritage List in Danger. Faced with various
contemporary threats, such as climate change, uncontrolled development,
poaching, civil unrest and instability, many of Africa’s wonders risk losing
their outstanding universal value. It is therefore more urgent than ever that
this irreplaceable heritage be protected and preserved for the enjoyment of
UNESCO is committed to spearheading international efforts to
draw on the vast potential of Africa’s cultural and natural heritage as a force
for poverty reduction and social cohesion as well as a driver of sustainable
development and innovation. Through this international day, UNESCO aims to
increase global awareness of African heritage, with a special focus on youth,
and to mobilize enhanced cooperation for its safeguarding on the local,
regional and global levels.
The deadline for the contest is the 20th of May 2019 and
winners will be announced during Africa Week at UNESCO headquarters.
Specially conceived for young people
between the ages of 18 and 28.