The project, dubbed:
“Creating Open Digital Library on Traditional Games in Kenya,”
is funded by Chinese tech firm Tencent and is part of a global
project launched in 2015 by the UNESCO Office in Beijing.
The Nairobi-based UN
Information Center (UNIC) said in a statement that the one-year
pilot project in Kenya is a follow-up of the successful digital
archives of traditional games in Brazil, Bangladesh, Greece and
The project will
ensure that intangible cultural heritage related to traditional
games in Kenya is transmitted to the younger generation, both
through formal and non-formal education, the statement said.
audio-visual heritage faces threats of deliberate destruction
and irretrievable loss due to neglect, decay and technological
sports and games in the country have already disappeared or are
under threat in the digital age, therefore the documentation of
traditional games through technologies has become imperative to
safeguarding the vulnerable heritage.