EPA (School of African Heritage) in a Repositioning Effort

December 6, 2016

EPA (School of African Heritage) in a Repositioning EffortThe School of African Heritage (École du patrimoine africain – EPA), ICCROM’s partner for cultural heritage conservation in Africa, has embarked on a strategic repositioning project in a bid to respond better to the continent’s conservation challenges.   The repositioning effort was ushered in last week at a meeting of EPA’s Governing Board, hosted by the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC), a leading Beninese and African university and one of EPA’s founding institutions.  The gathering was led by UAC’s Chancellor, Professor Brice Sinsin, and Stefano De Caro, ICCROM’s Director-General and Vice-President of the EPA Governing Board. Continue reading…


Visiting staff member from EPA: Osséni Soubérou

October 28, 2016

Osséni Soubérou

ICCROM is pleased to welcome Mr. Osséni Soubérou, Head of the Communication unit at the School for African Heritage (École du Patrimoine Africain -EPA), located in Porto Novo, Benin, as part of ICCROM’s cooperation with EPA and the University of Abomey-Calavi.

Mr. Osséni Soubérou will be present at ICCROM for a month as a visiting staff member, carrying out communications and fundraising activities to support EPA’s programmes while exchanging best practices with communications specialists at ICCROM. Continue reading…


A busy year begins for the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain

March 13, 2015

The Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA), jointly established by ICCROM and the University of Abomey-Calavi in Porto Novo, has enjoyed a positive start to 2015. On 19 January it welcomed its newest Director, Mr Samuel Kidiba, and on 31 January, it received recognition as a Pan African school during the 24th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. This continental recognition crowns EPA’s 15-plus years of activity and indicates a new phase of growth for the institution. It will enlarge its area of action and contribute to intercultural exchanges in Africa.

In February, for the first time since the creation of the EPA Fund in 2001, the Management Committee of the Fund organized its 15th meeting at the EPA headquarters. The Committee manages the investments of the EPA Fund, which offers sustainable support to the running costs of the school. The meeting was an opportunity for the Fund’s two financial advisors, Dr. Franco Passacantando, Advisor at the European Investment Bank and former Managing Director for Relations with International Institutions at the Banca d’Italia; and Dr. Marco Ambrogi, Director of the Banca d’Italia Agency in Perugia, to visit EPA and meet the staff. They were also able to see some of EPA’s achievements and visit important cultural sites in Benin: the Jardin des Plantes et de la nature (JPN), the Homné Museum, the mosque and the cathedral in Porto Novo; the museum in Adjara; and the Royal Palace in Abomey. Continue reading…