Southern Summer School of the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites

Digital communication of indigenous African heritage and fashion

February 9-15, 2020 – Namibia

The 2020 Southern Summer School, the first of its kind, was realized in collaboration with the University of Namibia and the University of Turku, in Finland.

University of Turku

Africa is a rich continent with very diverse cultures, heritage sites and indigenous fashion designs, which can be found in different countries. ICTs are used to preserve and promote cultural tourism and fashion. The Southern Summer School aimed to investigate how digital technologies could be leveraged to communicate, promote and market African fashion designs and cultural tourism. Additionally, the school aimed at inspiring participants to work with local stakeholders from cultural tourism and fashion. The school offered a perspective on Namibian cultural tourism and fashion. It consisted of lectures, visits to sites, hands-on exercise, as well as formal and informal activities, which were related to cultural tourism and fashion.

Additionally, the school contributed to celebrate the 150 years of Namibian – Finnish relationship.

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The school started off in Windhoek, then proceeded to Ondangwa and Ongwediva. Its geographical location created a perfect environment for learning, exchanging ideas and experiencing both cultural tourism and fashion.




AMONG THE INSTRUCTORS

Maria N. Caley
University of Namibia
Namibia
Lorenzo CantoniLorenzo Cantoni
USI – Università della Svizzera italiana
Switzerland
Jona Heita
University of Namibia
Namibia
Walter Ihjirika
Federal University of Port Harcout
Nigeria
Dr. Kauna Mufeti
University of Namibia
Namibia
Rayviscic Ndivo
Mount Kenya University
Kenya
Mauro PezzèMauro Pezzè
USI – Università della Svizzera italiana
Switzerland
Tamara Ratz
Kodolányi János University
Hungary
Erkki Sutinen
University of Turku
Finland
Heike Winschiers-Theophilus
Namibia University of Science and Technology
Namibia

VISITS TO

Windhoek

Namibia Craft Center
Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Ji-Elle
Owela Museum

Ondangwa

Onandjokwe Medical Museum
Nakambale Museum
Ondangwa Open Market

EXPERIENCE OF LOCAL INTANGIBLE HERITAGE …

  • Local food heritage
  • Fashion heritage (Katutura Fashion Week)
  • Owambo Culture

SUMMER SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Lorenzo Cantoni Ph.D., Professor of Communication Sciences, Chair-holder of the UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland)

Erkki Sutinen Ph.D., Professor of Computer Science (Interaction Design), Department of Future Technologies, University of Turku (Finland)

Maria Ntinda, Lecturer, University of Namibia, School of Computing, Department of Computer Science (Windhoek, Namibia)

Hilma Aludhilu, Master Student, University of Namibia, School of Computing, Department of Computer Science (Windhoek, Namibia)


ORGANIZERS

School of Computing of the University of Namibia (Windhoek, Namibia)

Department of Future Technologies of the University of Turku (Finland)

UNESCO Chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites of USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland)


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