Earning money from our treasures | Letters to Editor


The current thrust to refurbish a lot of our nationwide buildings, together with the President’s Home, Whitehall, different members of the Magnificent Seven and now the Purple Home, has divided our nation.

Many have showered praises about boosted nationwide pleasure. In distinction, others look on bitterly as they traverse pothole-­riddled roads, wrestle with crumbling healthcare infrastructure, and proceed to be held hostage by the plague of crime and financial instability.

There's a want for these in authority to steadiness these views and take heed of all facets of nationwide improvement.

A few years in the past once I was an formidable younger particular person at Hillview Faculty, I grew to become a part of the UNESCO membership. I went on to characterize Trinidad and Tobago within the Worldwide Youth Discussion board at UNESCO (United Nations Instructional, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) the place I discovered the idea of tangible and intangible heritage.

Tangible heritage refers to that which may be objectified by the senses and embody our buildings and infrastructure, and objects of artwork. The various renovated tasks, the work of Michel Jean Cazabon and different objects fall into this class.

Globally, we all know of the record of UNESCO World Heritage websites, an initiative geared toward preserving these human achievements for modernity. Intangible heritage, then again, refers to facets of our tradition that can not be objectified and can embody a extra profound cultural heritage and viewpoint manifested by way of music, meals, language and even training. It's important and have to be preserved by way of the sustenance of the day by day wants of a folks, for which a lot of our residents desperately clamour.

It's also a hope of mine that these heri­tage buildings are restored in such a method that we will suggest they turn into a part of the UNESCO record of World Heritage websites. Our nation doesn't seem on this international record at present. The Major Ridge Forest Reserve in Tobago stays on the tentative record of pure heritage websites. Nonetheless, in different elements of the Caribbean, together with Barbados and St Kitts, they will boast of such websites, which turn into websites of curiosity not solely nationally however on the vacationer radar as nicely.

To actually serve T&T is to steadiness our tangible and intangible heri­tage equitably. Whereas it's commen­dable that our tangible heritage is restored and maintained, it should not ignore the essential wants of a folks. Else, they turn into not objects of pleasure however as an alternative white elephants, which invoke scorn from the lots wanting on at them.

A extra vital accomplishment is to place the restored nationwide heritage objects to work to allow them to generate the intangible wants of our residents. How can we make them accessible to all, producing revenue that can enrich the lives of all of our nation? I problem our leaders to take a look at this.

Vedavid Manick

Sangre Grande



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