By: Aisha Braima
Khartoum (Sudanow)- Affiliated to the University of Khartoum in 1957, the Sudan Natural History Museum contains one of the largest bird collections in Africa, says the University’s Vice - Chancellor Professor Siddiq Haiati, at a celebration marking the International Museum Day.
The Day, organized every year around May 18, was established by the International Council of Museums to raise awareness on the importance of museums in the development of societies. This year’s celebration is organized under the theme “Museum collections make connections” to emphasize the role of museums in linking generations and cultures around the world.
Prof. Haiati explained that the Natural History Museum represents, with its bird and animal collections, an educational place for foreign students and tourism attraction. He stressed the necessity for highlighting the richness of Sudan heritage and the best use of the museums artifacts to attract citizens to get knowledge about their history.
The Minister of Culture and Information, Mr. Al Tayeb Hassan Badawi, hailed the University of Khartoum for its role in preserving valuable historical relics indicating that Sudan is one of eight countries in the world rich of antiquities.
The university is the first one in the country to establish an Archeology Department and its mission is one of the major missions engaged in exploration and preservation of archeological sites in Sudan.
There are 11 museums in Sudan; six of them are in Khartoum State.
Two of the country's archeological sites inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List and six at the Tentative List. The two sites are Island of Meroe and Gebel Barkal, seat of the powerful Kingdom of Kush (8th century B.C- 4th century A.D). The sites are currently under the Qatari Preservation Project which initially costs 135 million US dollar.
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