22.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO Jakarta’s Assisted Youths Showcased Their Creative Products to the Governor of Central Java in Klaten

Mr. Ganjar Pranowo visited Kebon Village

On 13 December 2017, the Governor of Central Java, Mr. Ganjar Pranowo visited Kebon Village, Bayat Sub District, Klaten, Central Java. The visit was organized by the Central Java Provincial Government to hand over government’s support in the form of farming and production equipment to the farmers and batik producers in the Kebon Village. The visit was accompanied by the Regent of Klaten, Hj Sri Mulyani and the Head of the Manpower and Transmigration Department in Central Java Provinces. During the event, the Governor had the opportunity to meet with the UNESCO’s assisted youths from the region who joined the event and showcased their product. One of the assisted youth from namely Tri Aji Pamungkas, who is currently working as the pottery maker from Melikan Village explained to the Governor about his product and how he applied batik motifs in the pottery where the Governor complimented the creative work made.

The Governor also met with several others assisted youths in the event and had a short dialogue about the progress of the creative youth under the project. After the short dialogue, the youths had photo group with the Governor.

The youth empowerment activities conducted by UNESCO Jakarta in collaboration with Citi Indonesia is done under the project theme “Youth Economy Empowerment in Indonesia’s Heritage Sites through Capacity Building and Sustainable Tourism”. The program is being conducted through promoting creative economy sectors and Indonesia’s rich intangible cultural heritage in a number of areas across the nation.
The project has been running for almost 12 months now since early 2017, UNESCO Jakarta provides the intervention by facilitating business development assistance to the 450  youth communities in the four targeted districts in Yogyakarta & Central Java Provinces  (Klaten, Sleman, Yogyakarta and Magelang) and five  districts in North Sumatra (Samosir, Toba Samosir, Simalungun, Humbang Hasunditan and Tapanuli Utara). These youths are currently working in the development of creative industries, cultural product and intangible cultural heritage.

Within the 350 assisted youths in Yogyakarta and Central Java, 83 (23%) of them are from Klaten. The 83 youths are currently working in the sectors of Fashion (including the development of Batik), Handicraft, Tourism, Culinary and Graphic Design.  UNESCO Jakarta has facilitated the series of Business Development Training including Marketing and Financial Training in collaboration with Bank Indonesia and other relevant training providers. Within the project, UNESCO Jakarta has also facilitated the establishment of one youth center in Kebon Village, Bayat, Klaten  which during 2017 has conducted  four public events  showcasing the local potentials related with creative industries and cultural heritage.

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