The National Commission and Integration Commission (NCIC) through the Civic Education and Advocacy Department (CEAD), organized and held a National Youth Workshop on Culture and Heritage in Mombasa County. The three-day workshop was attended by Youth from majority of the 47 Counties. The youth in attendance learned about the diverse culture and heritage of the Kenyan people. The activities held during the workshop included: presentations depicting various cultures, open forum discussion and trivia on the presented topics.
The main aim of the workshop was promotion of tolerance, cohesiveness, integration and inclusivity of the diverse Kenyan people. NCIC took to sensitize the participants on the status of cohesion and integration in Kenya. The youth were sensitized on the importance of peace, confronting and embracing the country’s identity and its diverse culture.
In attendance were also officials from World Heritage Convention, who did a presentation accentuating the importance of the heritage sites in Kenya including the ones in Mombasa County where the workshop was held. Moreover, the youth were educated on the outstanding universal value the heritage sites have. Also, an in-depth explication on the importance of the youth and Kenya at large on conserving the heritage sites was addressed. Likewise, participants visited various heritage sites such as Gedi ruins. The participants also visited the sacred kaya forest heritage. Here, activities were carried out such as: dancing, singing and praying alongside with the Mijikenda elders.