Namibian museum sector gains global recognition

Anastasia Paulus

WINDHOEK – Dr Jeremy Silvester, the project development manager at the Museum Association of Namibia has been elected to serve on the Board of the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM).

He was elected during the recent tri-annual conference in Calgary, Canada and will serve a three year term along with colleagues from Canada, Guyana, Kenya, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and the UK.

“I believe that this is recognition of the positive work that has been taking place in the museum sector in Namibia and the innovative projects that have been taking place here.

“Involvement in this international network will help Namibia to strengthen our links and partnerships with other nations in the global South.   

“I feel this will provide a particularly good opportunity to obtain further information about cultural artifacts from Africa held in British museums and other museums in the Commonwealth,” Selvester said in statement about his election to serve in the CAM board.

The Museums Association of Namibia has initiated innovative projects to educate Namibians especially the young people about the importance of the country’s history and heritage.

In April 2006, with financial assistance from Germany Embassy, MAN launched the – Changing History Exhibition – an educational mobile exhibition to showcase the impact of World War 1 on Namibian history. It has been shown in Windhoek, Khorab and Keetmanshoop

Though officially ended in 1918, the First World ended in Namibia already on 9 July 1915 with the surrender of the German troops to the South Africans at Khorab (north of Otavi), which ended German occupation in the southern African country.

Other educational projects include the Ovahimba Living Museum, where members of the public can interactively experience the traditional culture of the Ovahimba people.

The museum consists of a large traditional homestead in which the Ovahimba introduce interested guests to their daily routines and encourage them to take  part.

June 2017
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