Arts and Crafts for Pacific Livelihoods

The cultural strengths and interests of islanders provide multiple opportunities for contributing to local livelihoods. These interests include various forms of arts and crafts, music, songs and dances, as well as skills in using natural resources through traditional knowledge.

In the Pacific, for example, an increasing number of SIDS have been seeking to advance arts and craft education, as a means of addressing such issues as poverty reduction, youth employment and human resources development.

In responding to this need, a series of training workshops has been launched by the UNESCO Office for the Pacific States in Apia, in conjunction with national partners. One subregional workshop at Port Vila (Vanuatu) focused on skills development in such fields as woodblock making and printing press operation, as well as supporting skills such as accounting and marketing. Another workshop in Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea, PNG) culminated in an exhibition by young design artists at the National Museum and Arts Gallery, and the setting up by a group of young people of an association ('Out-Of-School-Arts'), aimed at helping young people learn skills for making a living. The PNG National Commission for UNESCO has been facilitating this initiative.

In terms of ongoing and future activities, please contact UNESCO Office in Apia, Samoa (apia(at)unesco.org).

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