Conference programme

Education, Heritage and Community Building

Bridging Ages Conference, Ngurunit, Kenya


24 August

Delegates leave Nairobi, stay overnight in Isiolo

25 August

Arrival in Ngurunit, welcome, settle

26 August

09h00    Opening – Dr Wario, Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and the Arts; Dr Yassin, Director General of National Museums of Kenya, Joseph Lekuton, MP
    Dances, singing
10h00    Introduction, Bridging Ages Northern Kenya – Steven Labarakwe, Marsabit County Government
10h30    Bridging Ages all over the world and the Time Travel method – Ebbe Westergren, President of Bridging Ages
11h00    Tea
11h30    First session; Heritage, Environment and Community Building,
    Introduction: Ebbe Westergren  Moderator: Daniel Duba
    Presenters: (1 hour): Njuguna Gichere and Lydia Kitungulu, National Museums of Kenya; Emma Angelin-Holmén, Kalmar County Museum, Sweden; Samson Semakula, Entebbe Municipality, Uganda; Agrita Ozola, Tukums museum, Latvia; Florence Indede, Maseno University, Kenya; Isacko Mamo, Department of Environment, Marsabit County Government
    Workshop and group discussions (30 min)
13h00    Lunch
14h00    First session, second part
    Presenters (1h20 min): Simon Gatheru, National Museums of Kenya; Örjan Molander, Kalmar County Museum, Sweden; Kaari Siemer, Tartu City Museum, Estonia; Adamu Mshelia, Nigeria; Bernard Busaka, Maseno University; Abigail Balie/ Andy Peterson, South Africa; Deborah Amukowa, Maseno University; Denis Ngala, TICAH, Kenya, Kitche Magak and Susan Kilonzo, Maseno University, Kenya; Kerstin Lönnberg and Mattias Lunn, Kalmar County Museum, Sweden
    Workshop and group discussions (1 tim)
    Conclusions (30 min, big papers on the board)
17h00    End

27 August

09h00    Preparation for the Time Travel, Ebbe Westergren & Jeremy Sarunye
09h30    Time Travel at a manyatta, “Stay or Leave” (story-telling, games, dances, weaving, necklaces, fencing, construction of a hut, smoking guards, drilling of fire, write advices)
12h00    Evaluation, questions
12h30    Lunch
13h30    Second session; Education and Community Building,
    Introduction: Lena Westergren  Moderator: Andrew Khale
    Mathematics in the Historic Environment (50 min): Lena Westergren and Berit Roos Johansson, Linnaeus University, Sweden; Mueni Kiio, Mary Nasibi and David M. Malonza, Kenyatta University, Kenya; Andrew Khale, Ngurunit Primary School; Phoebe Awiiti, Kisumu museum, Kenya; Lotta Rautio, Charles Wretman, Södermöre School and Tina Lindström, Kalmar County Museum, Sweden
    Education and Community Building:
    Presenters (45 min): Thandeka Sibiya, Mpophomeni, South Africa; Gulshera Khan and Judy Mkhize, Port Shepstone, South Africa; Nancy Masasabi, Maseno University; Henry Ayot and Samson Ondigi, Kenyatta university; Grace Mitambo, Department of Education, Marsabit County Government.
    Workshop and group discussions (1 hour)
    Conclusions (30 min, big papers on the board)
17h00    End
Evening: Surprise, Andrew Kahle

28 August
09h00     Short conclusion from yesterday
    Third session; Education, Heritage and Conflict Resolution,
    Introduction and Moderator: Steven Labarakwe
Presenters (50 min): Joseph Mirgichan, Marsabit County Government; John Rigano, National Museums of Kenya; Annina Ylikoski, Children’s Network BARK, Finland; Jabulani Phelago, Freedom Park, South Africa; Mary Nasibi and Peter Lemoosa, Kenyatta University, Kenya
Workshop and group discussions (45 minutes)
Conclusions (15 minutes, big papers on the board)
11h00    Tea
11h30    Solutions, achievements, way forward
    Closing of the conference, Ukur Yatani, Governor of Marsabit County
    Vote of thanks
    Next Bridging Ages conference
13h00    Lunch and Market
14h00, until the evening:  Big Cultural Festival with Ngurunit Community and other tribes from Northern  Kenya: performances, dances, singing etc

29 August
A day in Ngurunit
Possible tours (am and/or pm): Visit a manyatta; Walk the mountains; Camel ride; Visit the blacksmith; Natural swimming pool…
Evening: Camp fire

30 August
Leave for Nairobi

Questions for the presentations and group discussions

Heritage, Environment and Community Building
1.    How can we use local heritage in developing communities? Socially, economically, physically?
1b    Is establishing local Heritage Centers in communities a good idea? What would be the role of those Heritage Centers? For community members, schools, tourists? Recording sites and stories, events, Time Travels?
2.    What support is needed from heritage and educational organizations?
3.    How can the community be engaged in a sustainable landscape?

Education and Community Building
1.    How can we use local heritage and local experiences in education, for example in Mathematics and History, on a regular basis?
What support is needed from other organizations? How do we develop the tools?
2.    What are the benefits – for the school, for the community? Challenges?

Education, Heritage and Conflict Management
1.    Heritage can help us manage conflicts but it can also fuel or preserve conflicts.
How do we use cultural heritage and local knowledge in preventing and resolving conflicts? What is the role of my organization?

Steven Labarakwe, Bridging Ages Northern Kenya, BANK
Ebbe Westergren, Bridging Ages International