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Alur kingdom Launches Annual Gala in Arua to Promote Culture

Speaking during the launch of the Alur Community Association cultural gala in Arua on Sunday Alur Kingdom Prime Minister, Dr Edwin Wathum, said there was need for parents to instill discipline and educate the children who could observe the traditional cultural norms to make a better society.
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Parents and youths have been urged to preserve their culture in order to ensure continuity and avoid erosion by Western culture.

 

Speaking during the launch of the Alur Community Association cultural gala in Arua on Sunday Alur Kingdom Prime Minister, Dr Edwin Wathum, said there was need for parents to instill discipline and educate the children who could observe the traditional cultural norms to make a better society.

 

He says such education will steer development of the region.

 

The Chairperson of the Association, Dr Amos Nyathirombo, said a home that does not observe culture is a dead one. He said parents should ensure that even as their children learn modern culture, they remain rooted in their native culture.

 

The LC5 Chairman for Zombo district, Emmy Kakura, asked the Alur community in Arua to love their cultural norms and pass them onto their children. 

 

During the occasion, the public was briefed about the different cultural regalia such as dressing codes, respect for the elderly and marriage among others which most youths in today's era are not aware of. 

The Deputy Resident District Commissioner of Arua, Swaib Toko, said cultural institutions should use their programs to educate and inform the public on their roles in modeling good citizens.

 

However some parents and youths have instead blamed the cultural leaders for not promoting their cultural norms.  Flavia Aciro, a youth, said many young people do not have role models because their elders have become alcoholics with no time to educate the young. 

 

Peter Wancan, a parent with four children, said it is not only Alur culture that faces extinction. He said that many people all over Uganda had abandoned or do not follow their own cultures closely anymore.

 

Wancan said the influence of the internet, a western style education system mean there is little time to pass on Ugandan cultures.

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