Beyond SIDS, the skills and jobs gained by local youth through this programme are likely to provide potential career pathways, helping to build a vital pool of trained young people to support future regional and international events in Apia. Accordingly, following the conference, the UNDP, ILO and the Government of Samoa will expand the project into a comprehensive three-year programme.
As a part of this project, the SBEC has also conducted training courses for the students of the National University of Samoa (NUS) and the Leulumoega School of Fine Arts. It is expected that the training will be of great help for these innovative young Samoan artists, who will be able to showcase their talent and crafts through different art exhibitions, installations and live performances – taking place during the SIDS conference.
“With these skills I will finally put my art work on a different stage. The training has opened my eyes to multiple ways to approach my designs,” says Michael Lee-Lo, a 20-year-old student at NUS and a beneficiary of the programme. “The skills that I have obtained will help me in the future, and with these new ideas I will be sure to make better art work.”
The YEP-IP has three key initiatives in direct support of the SIDS Conference: (a) train youth in the farm-to-table value chain process; (b) train young artisans in production, packaging and business skills; and (c) strengthen the coordination capacity of the Samoa National Youth Council (SNYC).
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- 23 Apr 2014:New Assistant Administrator visits Samoa
- 13 Mar 2014:Samoa – where garden weeds become renewable energy
- 26 Jan 2014:Second Planning Mission as Samoa and the United Nations Prepare for 2014 SIDS Conference