Siapo Making and Business Training for Youth

When, local time: 
Monday, 27 April 2015 - 9:00am to Wednesday, 20 May 2015 - 5:00pm
Where: 
Samoa, Apia
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Yusuke Nii (UNESCO), y.nii@unesco.org ; Cherelle Jackson (ILO), cjackson@ilo.org ; Maulolo Tavita (SCC), maulolo@fatuaiupu.ws

The project’s objective is to empower out-of-school youth in Samoa by providing a making and business training on the Samoan traditional Siapo (tapa cloth) in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO). The workshop will be organized at the Samoa Culture Centre, from 27 April to 20 May 2015. As out-of-school youth are one of the most marginalized groups, the project has been formulated to address the out-of-school youth issue and empower them.

This three week long training is being implemented by the Samoa Culture Centre (SCC) to provide practical hand-on skills and understand the traditional value and importance of Siapo making.

Following the Siapo training, a three day business training will be delivered by the ILO certified trainer from the Samoa Business Enterprise Centre (SBEC) to provide the youth participants with knowledge on how to start their own business.

The project aims to preserve and promote the unique Samoan culture and tradition by training the young generation. The project also aims to empower and equip out-of-school youth with adequate financial and marketing skills in order to generate income and to become financially independent.