Tourism Minister Jean Kapata says government recognizes the role that theatre plays in the creation of employment in the country.
Ms Kapata said community theatre also plays an important role in addressing the many issues affecting the country such as health, education and HIV/AIDS prevention among others.
The Minister said this in a speech read on her behalf by her Deputy Minister Esther Banda during the official closure of a global workshop on theatre for development which attracted more than 70 participants from 18 countries around the world.
Ms Kapata said the workshop initiative was timely as it complements the Ministry’s strategic plan that aims at developing arts and culture by 2030 and use it as a source of employment.
The Minister also disclosed that government has decided to create an arts , culture and heritage commission to necessitate the development of the national arts, culture and heritage Act that will empower and operationalize the commission.
Speaking at the same occasion, Africa Directions Executive Director, Mark Chilongu said the global workshop is aimed at facilitating a critical review and participatory development of principles, guidelines and strategies to strengthen the application and impact of participatory theatre for community empowerment and behavioural change.
And UNICEF Country Representative, Dr. Hamid El-BASHIR Ibrahim said theatre for development is one avenue that can be used to address many human rights issues and other matters affecting different countries in order to influence positive change and social transformation.