In the framework of the project “South Sudan National Archives”, South Sudan is marking the International Archives Day on Monday 10 June 2019. The event will host an exhibition of historic posters, which are presented to the public for the first time since being printed 40 years ago. The event will take place in Juba Grand Hotel with invited guests from the South Sudanese Government, UN, diplomatic missions to South Sudan, CSOs, researchers, and other distinguished guests.
This initiative aims to raise awareness around the importance of preserving the archival collection for the nation, as well as to pay respect to those that have been actively involved in ensuring that this national treasure is passed on to future generations. The event forms part of the outreach programme of the project that 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.
“The Archives are an important source of learning for all of us. Knowledge generated in the past is transmitted to us through these documents; knowledge generated by our ancestors, bringing us their wisdom but also an account of their mistakes. Let us learn from this.” say the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports, H.E. Nadia Arop Dudi who will be one of the keynote speakers of the event. Joining her will be Mr. Saidou Sireh Jllow, the UNESCO Head of Office (OIC), Mr. Mr. Lars Andersen, the Ambassador of Norway to South Sudan, and Hon. Ceasar Bayeh Loyalala, a Member of Parliament in the Transitional National Legislative Assembly who was also part of the Regional Government of southern Sudan.
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. Saidou Sireh Jallow, Head of the UNESCO Office (OIC) in Juba “As a significant part of the South Sudanese peoples’ shared heritage, the Archives have an important role to play for national unity”. UNESCO has been leading 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.