A degree programme to safeguard Intangible Zambian heritage has reportedly been developed by the University of Zambia, following the grant of $340,000 from UNESCO. It was gathered that the first intake of 20 “Witches” have been accepted into the University, to study witchcraft.
The Zambian Observer reported that the 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.
Dr. Charles Ndakala, the Zambia National Commission for UNESCO Secretary General, who spoke to Hot FM News on the sidelines of a five days’ workshop for the orientation of UNZA Lecturers on Intangible Culture Heritage, said that despite efforts in safeguarding cultural heritage, there are cases of destruction of priceless culture heritage in certain countries which threatens traditions and customs.
Few years ago also, the South African Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, has announced plans to have witchcraft included in the curriculum from 2018, aimed at awarding a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Witchcraft.
Nzimande made this known while speaking to representatives from student unions around the country, announcing the move and urging future university applicants to consider taking Witchcraft as a course of study.
“There is a lot we can learn from witchcraft, like how they fly in that winnowing basket. Imagine if we learn that skill; it will eradicate traffic jams and everyone will just get in their basket and fly. It also means we will not be importing fuel anymore.”
The Minister further invited renowned witches to make an appointment with his office so they can have their skills tested and those outstanding would then be hired as lecturers. He also invited witches from across the continent to take advantage of the new course, promising them permanent residents’ permits.
Applications for the course, according to Nzimande, will be closing on September 30, 2016, at midnight, after which an appointed panel will conduct interviews, with an opening for 109 witches for the takeoff.