In a proactive step towards preserving cultural heritage and empowering local communities, the State Department for Culture & Heritage, under the leadership of Umi PS Bashir, has reaffirmed the government’s dedication to safeguarding Kenya’s diverse cultural legacy.

Recognizing the intrinsic value of culture in shaping societal identity, PS Bashir emphasized the critical need to protect and uphold traditional customs and practices.

Expressing concerns over the encroaching influence of modern technologies on traditional practices, PS Bashir emphasized the urgent need to protect cultural identities from erosion. “We must act swiftly to ensure that our cultural heritage remains vibrant and alive for future generations,” added PS Bashir.

Garissa’s integration into the Ushanga Kenya Initiative signifies a significant stride in the government’s mission to support cultural preservation and community empowerment. “The Ushanga Kenya Initiative aims to empower women and youth by providing them with the necessary skills and resources to showcase their cultural heritage through traditional beadwork,” explained PS Bashir.

MP Dekow Mohamed lauded the Somali community’s rich cultural tapestry and urged the ministry to unlock the untapped potential among women and youth.

The collective presence of county officials and community leaders at the event exemplified a shared commitment to preserving cultural heritage and fostering empowerment initiatives for the nation’s future.