The Australian Government supports a Ceramic Capacity Training Workshop for the Borobudur Community in Karanganyar Village, from 11 to 14 March 2014
Within the framework of UNESCO’s ongoing project entitled Revitalization of Local Community Livelihood in Cultural Industries and Heritage Tourism’, and through generous funding from the Australian Government, a four-day ceramic training workshop for local community members was organized from 11 to 14 March 2014 in Karanganyar Village, Borobudur Sub-District. The workshop is part of a series of training which aim to strengthen the capacity of local community members through the development of creative industries in Borobudur and surroundings areas. The training was conducted under the supervision of the Bali Unit of the Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology (Badan Pengkajian dan Penerapan Teknologi).
The opening ceremony of the workshop has brought together community members from the Karanganyar Village as participants in the training, as well as around 10 representatives from key stakeholders of the Magelang Regency Government namely Head of Karanganyar Village, Head of Borobudur Sub-District, representative of Borobudur Conservation Office (BCO), representative of Destination Management Organization (DMO), representative of Tourism and Culture Office and Industry, Trade, Cooperation and Small Medium Enterprise Office, and representatives from UNESCO.
The workshop was officially opened by Mr. Nanda Cahya Pribadi, Head of Borobudur Sub-District who thanked UNESCO’s support in improving livelihood of communities in Borobudur and expressed his happiness to see the great potential and new style of ceramic products which were made locally during the training. Mr. Nanda also expressed his hope that UNESCO’s support can be expanded to other livelihood potentials in the Borobudur sub-district, aside from ceramic and jam production, as there are large potential in the Borobudur communities in terms of home-based-industries and arts and crafts. Mr. Nandas’ speech was followed by a brief remark from Mr. Sudhief Hartasa, the Head of Agriculture Industry Unit of the Industry, Trade, Cooperation and Small Medium Enterprise Office of Magelang Regency. Mr. Sudhief encouraged the relevant stakeholders to think of the livelihood process as a cycle which not only focuses on producing good quality product, but also about thinking of and creating market access and new ways to promote products more widely. Mr. Sudhief also stated that his office will be supportive to the promotion of small businesses including the ceramics produced by the community members involved in the UNESCO project and expressed his wish that these products will reach potential markets and help improve the communities’ livelihood
The workshop gathered over 10 participants from the communities of Karanganyar village who have been involved in the two (2) previous training sessions over 2013. The workshop was conducted over four days and covered training in ceramic production, including sessions of product creation, ceramic glazing techniques, pricing estimation and also kiln firing techniques. This was the first opportunity for participants to use the kiln that had been installed in February 2014. A result of the workshop is that the participants have now built on their existing skills to produce high quality ceramics with new glazing techniques.
Overall the Australian Government funded project has aimed to support community livelihoods at Borobudur through the promotion of sustainable cultural tourism and the enhancement of creative industries. In this regard the project has already achieved a number of significant results including:
The establishment of a community run gallery and training centre in partnership with Karanganyar Village, Borobudur;
Completion of a cultural mapping and artisan baseline survey around Borobudur and associated map to promote sustainable tourism in the area;
The training of over 40 people through a series of training in ceramic and jam production.The next stage in the project will be to ensure its sustainability by supporting the community run gallery in attracting tourists to visit the site, promote the products to local and regional businesses (such as hotels and shops and to highlight the place as a model that can adopted by other local people in the area to create their own businesses. In this regard a high profile launch that brings all stakeholders together is planned for April the 27th at the cafe/gallery site.
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