1. Developing and testing ICH Curriculum materials for Primary Schools Teacher Training Colleges in Zimbabwe

The project is a two-year program that seeks to compliment the new Primary Education Curriculum by producing and testing Intangible Cultural Heritage school materials for Primary Education as well as outline a progress framework in line with the culture policy. During this pilot phase, the National Training and Conference of the Arts in Zimbabwe (NATCAZ), in consultation with relevant stakeholders ( inter alia Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, National Commission for UNESCO, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, Chinhoyi University, National Primary Teachers Association (NAPH), etc), will elaborate a concise curriculum for six primary school teacher training institutions. These materials are foreseen to be tested on one hundred teachers trained in these institutions with a view of integrating ICH into all primary schools in Zimbabwe in the long term. This action is set to enhance appreciation and determine the sustainability of intangible cultural heritage by establishing it in the Primary Schools Curriculum and by so doing guaranteeing it transcends from generation to generation. The project will commission an evaluation of the project which is meant to provide a terminal report of the project in terms of effectiveness, efficiency, and adequacy of interventions and strategies for the future. The project will focus on indigenous languages and their idioms as well as visual and performing arts.

Murewa Textile Design Project

The images above were captured during a Textile Design project at Murewa Culture Centre

Tie and Dye, is a resist-dyeing process for creating attractive colored designs on fabrics. This is achieved by knotting, binding, folding or sewing certain parts of the cloth in such a way that the dye cannot penetrate into these areas when the cloth is dyed. It is a hand process by which intricate and attractive patterns can be produced. It is a village craft carried on mostly by women in villages

Learning this art requires practical knowledge. Demonstrations, lectures, group discussions etc can be useful.

This project helped in capacity building of the rural women and girls of Murewa as it was taken up as an enterprise, thus helping in financial development and community development through skills development.

This project highlighted part of NATCAZ’s thematic areas which are Gender empowerment, Entrepreneurship, Exhibitions and Markets.