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Stone Town, a Heritage to save


ico educazione internazanher 1Zanzibar built heritage job creation



Tanzania, Region of Zanzibar, Stone Town



From 1st February 2014 to 31th January 2017






The cultural heritage bear witness to the degree of our human and engeneering development attained through the ages. Nowadays we must face the challenge of keeping the skills alive in order to continue to conserve and maintain the vast range of historic properties of Stone Town, World Heritage Town. This project is willing to face this challenge by disseminating the understanding of preservation issues, on one hand, and by using the remarkable traditional craft skills and working with the original materials, on the other. University professors will be trained and some exam will be added  in Univerisity curricula to highlight the value of the preservation of historical Built Heritage.
Moreover, the creation of a database will improve Stone Town Conservation Development Authority (STCDA) management of the historical buildings and there will be a campaign to raise public awarness on the importance of preserving historic properties for future generations.



  • To foster the economic development through the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage in Zanzibar.
  • To develop specific skills and knowledge to use the cultural heritage of the historic properties of Stone Town as an economic development tool.




  • Training of local trainers.
  • Courses for students at Karume Technical College.
  • Creation of a curriculum of “Engeneering and Restoration”.
  • Realization of  a laboratory to analyze the of restoration building materials (together with Zanzibar University - SUZA).
  • Creation of a database of  Historic properties  for Stone Town Conservation Development Authority (STCDA).
  • Short courses and on the job training for 400 semi-skilled employed workers.
  • Training corse to tourist guides, tourist operators and building contractors;
  • Training of tourist guides and realization of tours linked to Build Heritage;
  • The activities of meetings among actors of building sector, public and private owner of historic propterties
  • Dissemination of guidelines on the proper conservation of  restoration metodologies;
  • Promotion in schools with teachers and students on the importance of studying and promoting cultural heritage.



Direct beneficiaries:

  • 400 semi-skilled workers
  • 75 studenti di ingegneria
  • 25 specialized operators
  • 172 between registered entrepreneurs of building sector and private and public  historical building owners
  • 50 tourist guides
  • 200 high school teachers and technical schools

For a total of approximately 922 people.

Indirect beneficiaries:

10.000 school students and 5.000 between stakeholder and local authorities involved, for a total of approximately 15.000 people.



Sustainability of the project will be assigned to a series of interrelated factors.

  • Technical elements: at a technical level, the project will train construction workers, students and specialized operators that will develop specific skills and knowledge on restoration techniques and materials. Moreover, the creation in the State University di of a laboratory for the analysis of Cultural Heritage will improve skills and specific knowledge also on material. The development of a database will allow the proper monitoring by public authorities on the future activities of restoration. Finally, the institutionalization of some new college curricula  at Karume Technical College on restoration techniques will allow the transmission of acquired knowledge.
  • Economic aspects: it is estimated that at least 80% of students,  specialized operators and turist guides involed in the project will be employed in the cultural sector in Zanzibar by the end of the project. This kind of impact will be a consequence of the increase in demand of the work field by local entrepreneurs of building sector and private and public historical building owners.
  • Social component: At least 10.000 students of schools involved in the project and 5.000 actors working in the cultural sector will participate in the activities of promotion carried out by the project.
  • Political factors: The project will support public authorities at different levels, strenghtening the istitutional level and providing them with tools that will increase the effectiveness of the action taken to preserve the Cultural heritage.


Total value:


1.193.806 €

Principal founder:

ue European Commission


Principal partner:

  • Zanzibar Stone Town Heritage Society (ZSTHS)


Other partner:

Stone Town Conservation and Development Authority (STCDA)


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