YOUTH in the country have been urged to recognize and cherish Tanzania’s cultural heritage and cultivate a sense of patriotism, which is an important element to social and economic development.

This was said by the Director General of National Museum of Tanzania, Dr Noel Lwoga, while addressing a group of youth from the University of Dar es Salaam who participated in the Dar es Salaam City tour over the weekend.

The tour organized by the National Museum under the Museum University Hub programme, involved university students from the College of Humanities, who experienced the beauty of Dar es Salaam heritage sites.

In a speech read on his behalf by the National Museum Principal Public Relations Officer, Ms Joyce Mkinga, the National Museum Director General underscored the importance of promoting Tanzania’s cultural heritage so that it is known to the public inside and outside the country, therefore the youth can play an important role in this endeavors.

The 69 university students from the College of Humanities, department of Archaeology and Heritage toured the Museum and House of Culture in what was dubbed as ‘Dar City Tour’.

The students, who are members of Dar es Salaam University Archaeology and Heritage Student Association (DUHASA), also toured 17 other tourist and cultural heritage attractions in the city.

He said the tour aimed at building the student’s capacity and help them link theories learned in class with actual realities on the ground.

“We want you to be good ambassadors of what Tanzania has to offer in terms of tourism and heritage attractions and contribute toward endeavors to strengthen the tourism sector,” he said.