South Sudan National Archives launches its “Tarikh Tana- Our History” programme

In the framework of the project “South Sudan National Archives” and under the outreach programme developed for the Archives project, a specially designed exhibition will be launched at the premises of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA) of the Republic of South Sudan on November 9th.

This initiative aims to present the archival collection to the wider public and engage them on the role archives can play in promoting peace, reconciliation and nation building in South Sudan. The Archives forms the primary historical documentary resource for the development of South Sudanese national identity. A carefully selected collection of 20 documents will be exhibited together with the timeline of the efforts invested in the preservation of the documents.

Following the launch at the Parliament, the exhibition will be presented in two additional central locations of the capital in the following week, between 13 and 17 of November; Customs and Konyokonyo market. The wider public will have the opportunity to see documents related to major historic events in South Sudan such as the Torit mutiny, or have a look at old maps of Juba, read through the The Gospel of St Mark in Bari language and much more.

“This is a first attempt to raise awareness on the National Archives and make them more widely accessible to the general public in South Sudan and beyond” say the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, H.E. Nadia Arop Dudi who is hosting the launch. The exhibition is part of a wider outreach programme developed for the South Sudan National Archives which also includes a mini-series Radio show hosted on Eye Radio every Wednesday at 4 pm. The “Tarikh Tana (Our History)” series includes 5 episodes, each of which focuses on one selected document and brings together distinguished guests to discuss around the topic of the document, its relevance and importance.

One of the main objectives of the South Sudan National Archives outreach programme is to bring national focus on the role archives can play in nurturing peace and reconciliation in the country. As stated by Mr. Sardar Umar Alam, Head of the UNESCO Office in Juba “This is an opportunity to appreciate the important role archives can play in peace building and reconciliation, as well as the need to preserve these documents and its content for future generations of South Sudanese.” UNESCO has been spearheading the South Sudan National Archives project since 2012, and the project forms part of the organization’s efforts to support the development of a public culture sector in the country which draws direct links to the nation and peacebuilding process.

The South Sudan National Archives project is generously supported by Norway and implemented by UNESCO in partnership with RVI, and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports.

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