STEP 14. CLOSING CEREMONY
14.1 Distribution of certificates to the participants and group photograph
Depending on local culture and context, it may be appropriate to organize a closing ceremony. Such an activity usually formalizes the contribution of the participants and increases their sense of pride in having participated in the building of the 3D map. A closing ceremony may involve the distribution of a certificate of appreciation to each participant and a souvenir group photograph. For some people, this may be their first experience of this kind of activity that appreciates their knowledge and skills, and therefore a certificate of appreciation and a picture are great consolations.
The certificate of appreciation should be prepared on the last day of the training in order to confirm all the names of the participants. Even though some participants have not attended the whole duration of the activity, they still deserve the certificate of appreciation. The certificate should include the logos of the organizations involved, title of the project, date of the project implementation, name of the awardees/participant, venue of the activity, date the certificate is awarded, and the names, titles and signatures of the facilitator (Figures 63 and 64).
The group photograph is usually taken in front of the 3D map and eventually posted on the map (Figure 65).
14.2 Turnover of the 3D map to the local caretaker
The closing ceremony may also be the occasion for a formal turnover of the 3D map to its caretaker. As mentioned in step 3, the caretaker is often the owner of the place where the map is to be stored. The caretaker should be tasked with maintaining the map in good shape through regular cleaning. It should also store the spare materials, such pushpins, dressmaker pins, yarns and paints, as well as other materials associated with the construction of the 3D map.
The caretaker may also be in charge of organizing the subsequent regular activities for updating the 3D map (see step 16). Depending upon the context, it may be the local government, a people’s or community-based organization, a local NGO, a school or a faith group.