UNIC Lusaka partners with the Government on provincial tour of the Butterfly Project

By Charles Nonde, Public Information Assistant, UNIC Lusaka

UNIC Lusaka has partnered with Zambia’s National Heritage Conservation Commission under the Ministry of Tourism and Arts to showcase the Butterfly Project as part of the ongoing educational outreach in the buildup to the 2020 Holocaust commemoration.

Under this partnership, the butterfly project will be on a countrywide tour starting with the Copperbelt Museum where it spent several weeks from 25th June to 19th August 2019 and the general public, students and other visitors were able to view and learn about the holocaust and the butterfly project.

The exhibition was a success and had a total visitation of 1,868 people. Visitor comments lodged in the visitors’ book indicated that the exhibition was educational especially for the pupils studying History as it complemented their World History lessons about the Holocaust and Second World War.

After the Copperbelt Museum, the exhibition will be displayed in three other major museums in Northern, Eastern and Western provinces before finally settling in the Livingstone Museum in  Southern Province in January 2020 in time for the Holocaust commemoration. The Livingstone Museum also houses an independent holocaust museum supported by the Jewry Council of Zambia.

The Butterfly Project is a call to action through education, the arts and memorial making. It uses the lessons of the Holocaust to educate about the dangers of hatred and bigotry and cultivates empathy and social responsibility. Participants paint ceramic butterflies that are permanently displayed as symbols of resilience and hope, with the goal of creating 1.5 million butterflies around the world one for each child who perished in the Holocaust and honoring the survivors.