University reportedly set to train students on witchcraft, receives N123m from UNESCO to begin degree programme
It has just been reported that United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has just given a huge sum of $340,000 (N123 million) to Zambia University in order to train students on witchcraft.
The information which was shared on Facebook by Hot FM Zambia, disclosed that the training in what is referred to as Intangible Cultural Heritage will commence with the first intake of about 20 students.
The Zambia’s national commission for UNESCO has explained that intangible heritage comprises of practices such as witchcraft, social practices such as expression through music, knowledge, skills-as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and rituals.
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The news was on Facebook with the caption: “UNZA to train the Art of Witchcraft. UNESCO has given the University of Zambia 340,000 dollars to develop a degree programme to safeguard Intangible Heritage with the first intake comprising of 20 students. Intangible heritage comprises of practices such as Witchcraft, social practices such as expression through music, Knowledge, skills-as well as the instruments, objects, artifacts and rituals, the Zambia national commission for UNESCO has explained. According Dr Charles Ndakala, the Zambia national commission for UNESCO Secretary General, despite efforts in safeguarding cultural heritage, there are cases of destruction of priceless culture heritage in certain countries which threatens traditions and customs. He spoke to Hot FM News on the sidelines of a five days’ workshop for the orientation of UNZA Lecturers on Intangible Culture Heritage.”
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According to Lusaka Times, in 2017 the Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo announced that Zambia should consider research and the study of witchcraft as a science that can be used productively for the benefit of the country.
She said: “I could not help but think of witchcraft when I saw a mobile phone put into a box and it turned into a lady’s pant.”