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Jamaica to join the world in celebrating the Heritage of Sport

Ministry of Culture, Gender Affairs, Entertainment | 2016-04-15 00:00:00

In observance of Wold Heritage Day 2016, Jamaica will join the rest of the world in celebration, under the theme ‘The Heritage of Sport’, on April 18th. In commemoration of the Day, the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport in collaboration with the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) will be highlighting the significance of safeguarding Jamaica’s rich sport heritage and the relevance of sport in national development.

A symposium will be hosted at UTech and aired on KLAS Sports Radio to provide the platform for noted sport administrators, students, athletes and other stakeholders to discuss some of the more pressing and relevant themes surrounding sport and national development. Among the panellists confirmed for the symposium are Olympian, Grace Jackson; President, West Indies Players Association, Wavell Hinds; Senior Director, Sports, Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Florette Blackwood; Director, Sports, University Technology Jamaica, Anthony Davis; Principal, GC Foster College, Joyce Graham Royal; and Founder of Team Jamaica Bickle, Irwine Clare.

The symposium which will feature a key presentation from the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, will take place at Lecture Theatre 4, Caribbean School of Architecture, University of Technology Jamaica beginning at 2pm. According to Minister Grange, “I can’t help but think that this year’s theme for World Heritage Day, ‘The Heritage of Sport’ is tailored made for Jamaica and my Ministry at this time. In the true spirit of a country with an affinity for “firsts” we have given the world some of the most iconic sporting figures and this is an example of the legacy that we must embrace, as well as safeguard as part of our heritage.”

Associate Vice President, Advancement at the University of Technology, Jamaica Hector Wheeler in agreeing with the Culture Minister indicates that UTech’s support of Jamaica’s World Heritage programme reflects the University’s commitment to realizing the economic value of culture and creative industries of which sport is a part. Mr. Wheeler notes that UTech’s advancements in sport will be used as a catalyst to build on three of the five C’s of the World Heritage Convention – communities, capacity building, and credibility.

The 2016 observance of World Heritage Day moves away from the traditional recognition of monuments and sites only and brings into focus the seamless linkage between tangible and intangible heritage assets in recounting history. This year, the emphasis has been placed on an important element of a people’s heritage, sport. The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) has acknowledged the significance of the Summer Olympic Games scheduled for Rio de Janiero, Brazil in August 2016 and in response has selected a theme that is timely and relevant.

Another significant initiative to mark World Heritage Day is the symbolic unveiling of Gateway signs in Papine, St. Andrew and Port Antonio, Portland leading to the Blue and John Crow Mountains, Jamaica’s first World Heritage Site and the first mixed site in the Caribbean. The Papine Gateway sign will be unveiled by the Minister of Culture, UNESCO representative and other key stakeholders. Students from educational institutions in and around Papine will participate in the ceremony set for 8:00 a.m. in the Papine Square. 

In 1983, UNESCO declared April 18 as the International Day for Monuments and Sites, also known as World Heritage Day.

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