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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will next week launch a digital library on traditional games in Kenya to preserve the cultural heritage.

The project, dubbed: “Creating Open Digital Library on Traditional Games in Kenya,” is funded by Chinese tech firm Tencent and is part of a global project launched in 2015 by the UNESCO Office in Beijing.

The Nairobi-based UN Information Center (UNIC) said in a statement that the one-year pilot project in Kenya is a follow-up of the successful digital archives of traditional games in Brazil, Bangladesh, Greece and Mongolia.

The project will ensure that intangible cultural heritage related to traditional games in Kenya is transmitted to the younger generation, both through formal and non-formal education, the statement said.

Currently, Kenya’s audio-visual heritage faces threats of deliberate destruction and irretrievable loss due to neglect, decay and technological obsolesce.

Many traditional sports and games in the country have already disappeared or are under threat in the digital age, therefore the documentation of traditional games through technologies has become imperative to safeguarding the vulnerable heritage. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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