The final day of the three-day International Heritage Workshop at Zero Carbon Cultural Centre (ZC3) — Zero Carbon Footprint/Community Workshop – organized by Heritage Foundation, Karachi in collaboration with Department of Antiquities and Culture, Government of Sindh and PCATP (Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners) successfully concluded here in Makli Goth, Thatta earlier today.
The full-day concluding session comprised meaningful lectures, documentaries and speeches by key-note international speakers and exhibition of products by the community.
The session began with a welcome address by Mr. Akbar Laghari, Secretary, Dept of Culture & Antiquities, GoS. A documentary on The Makli Necropolis was shown by Director General, Directorate of Antiquities, GoS, Mr. Manzoor Kanasro after which Ar. Yasmeen Lari, CEO, Heritage Foundation of Pakistan spoke on Safeguarding Makli World Heritage Site and Community. Shanaz Ramzi – CEO StarlinksPr and trustee Heritage Foundation presented a short version of the documentary she has made on the erstwhile beggar community at Makli — ‘A Salute to Karima – a beggar woman turned barefoot entrepreneur’.
Ms Safeeyah Moosa, CEO, Spiritual Chords (South Africa) spoke on Community Engagement. H.E. JoAnn Wagner, US Consul General threw light on the Importance of Cultural Heritage while H.E. Dr. Martin Kobler, German Ambassador spoke about Knowledge Sharing from CER-NET.
The last day culminated with attendees of the session viewing the display of products made by the community at Makli followed by lunch.
The day before, on 26th October, two sessions were held with the students attending the international workshops. The first session was an introduction to green techniques and crafts and the second was a workshop on community artisans and fabrication of craft elements. Practical cultural activity followed the workshops.
The purpose of the international workshop was to review the strategies that have been devised and discuss their implication for wider application and dissemination. All in all, it was a unique and fruitful experience for both the guests and the local community.
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