The government of Uganda through the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities in conjunction with Uganda Community Museums Association (UCOMA) has Tuesday launched a community museum publication which is aimed at showcasing the relevancy on different museums in the country.
The publication, launched at Ham Mukasa Community Museum in Mukono highlights the efforts and importance of community museums in Uganda and provides accessibility through a road map and addresses to different Museums in the country.
Speaking during the launch, the deputy executive director, Uganda Tourism Board, John Ssempebwa expressed gratitude over the achievement registered by UCOMA that was formed recently with its primary goal of boosting tourism in the country.
“The biggest business currently in the world is no longer agriculture or industrialization but rather tourism because it has proved to be one of the largest foreign earners for many countries,” Ssempebwa noted.
Ssempebwa however challenged UCOMA to ensure creation of an experience can attract people to the museums other thinking of fundraising as the only way of raising money to support the museums.
He encouraged UCOMA to foster construction of several income generating facilities at the museums to offer an experience to tourists that will always attract them back.
In his remarks, UCOMA chairperson, Fred Olaka appreciated Cross Cultural Foundation Uganda (CCFU) for mentoring and nurturing community museums and the association at large so much so that it has become an independent entity.
“In 2011, CCFU supported UCOMA to register as an association in anticipation that one day it will lead a life of its own and we are privileged to reach this far,” Olaka noted.
He observed that according to research, community museums are fostering development through enhancing education and research, employment and income generation.
“Where they have been established, they have enhanced a sense of belonging and identity. They have also made a contribution towards the promotion of cultural rights by providing access to our local culture.”