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UNESCO partners with AFRICOM to reinforce the professional museum network in Africa

In December 2010, UNESCO and AFRICOM signed a new partnership agreement, which aims to reinforce the communications, awareness-raising and networking among the professional museum community in Africa.

As part of the partnership, AFRICOM’s vast communication tools will be strengthened and supported, including: the annual newsletter, the active AFRICOM List serve (AFRICOM-L platform), the AFRICOM Directory of members, and the AFRICOM web site.

In addition, UNESCO is building on its existing partnership with GOOGLE to enlarge the scope of the AFRICOM Membership Directory to include more information on museums in Africa in order to elaborate a mapping of museums in Africa on the general GOOGLE site and a more detailed mapping that includes museum professionals and their specialities on the AFRICOM web site.

Lastly, the partnership will explore the possibility of facilitating professional and internship exchanges between museums in Africa and international universities offering museum studies courses.

“We are confident that this partnership will help rally the museum community in Africa around mutually-beneficial activities and will also demonstrate UNESCO’s long-term commitment to empowering museums in Africa,” said Karalyn Monteil, UNESCO Culture Sector’s Desk Office for Africa within the Section of Museums and Cultural Objects.

All enquiries or communications regarding this development should be sent to the Secretariat at secretariat@africom.museum

Francis Awinda
Information Officer

AFRICOM Vision:“a secure,rich and vibrant African heritage”

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