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World War I reverberates through history

Dr Jeremy Silvester (left), the Project Development Manager of the Museum Association of Namibia, Her Excellence Marianne Young, the British High Commissioner, and Aaron Nambadi, the Chairman of the Museum Association, together at the British High Commission.

The younger generation Namibians mostly does not realise how the first World War was a watershed international conflict of which the effects endure up to this day.

Bringing perspective to the longterm effects of this war, is an agreement signed this week between the Museum Association of Namibia and the British High Commission to fund an educational project to highlight and commemorate how that war changed the course of Namibian history.  As part of the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s First World War Centenary commemoration programme, the project will create an educational opportunity history students in the form of a mobile exhibition documenting the impact of WWI on Namibia and how the war significantly changed Namibian history. The mobile exhibition will be launched in July at an event in Tsumeb, near the site of the surrender of German troops, timed to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the event. t the signing event held at the British High Commission, Her Excellence Marianne Young, expressed her appreciation for this project: “Throughout 2015, the First World War Centenary is being commemorated globally,  I am pleased that the British High Commission is able to support the Museums Association of Namibia’s work to highlight the centenary locally and educate young Namibians, in particular, on the impact of these events on Namibia’s history.” The exhibition is being developed in partnership with a team of students from the UNAM History Society, through Exhibition Planning workshops. The students will visit some of the commemorative sites associated with the war before launching the exhibition on the evening of 09 July 2015 at Khorab Lodge.

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