Teaching Traditional Architectural Skills

There was an article from Samoa about teaching traditional architectural skills in schools that I would like to share. Participants at a recent United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) workshop in Apia agreed that Pacific Islanders need to better safeguard the knowledge and skills on traditional architecture. They believed that the best way to do this is through teaching youth in the education system.

Traditional builder, Maulupe Fa’atali Faiga, naturally supports the inclusion of traditional architecture in the education curriculum. He states,

This unique skill is disappearing and Government has to put in place a program to protect and preserve it. These young people are the future and learning the skills at a young age will not only build up their interest but will know the value of our measina.”

UNESCO Director, Etienne Clement, also noted the importance of education and the role they play in the future of their heritage. He adds,

“The Samoan fale (traditional house) and the skills to build it are in need of urgent safeguarding and many other Pacific island nations are facing the same challenges.”

SamoanFale

A Samoan Fale

You’ll find the entire article here. Have a read!

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Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
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