Workshop Training of Trainers on Coconut Shell Hand Crafting

The coconut plant is of economic and cultural importance in the Pacific region. Classified as a “functional food”, it provides health benefits beyond its nutritional source of meat, juice, milk and oil that has fed and nourished populations around the world for generations. Among this, the coconut fiber and shell is currently being used to make adorning jewellery and ornaments.

This year, in an effort to utilize the abundant bamboo and coconut in the country, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Fiji in joint collaboration with the Department of Corrections, Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation as well as the Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment have acquired the services of an Indonesian Master Trainer to facilitate a Training of Trainers (TOT) Workshop on Bamboo and Coconut shell hand crafting. 

May 1st 2012, marked the end of the Coconut Shell Crafting Workshops held by the Ministry of Local Government, Housing and Environment at the Ministry of Forestry’s Timber International Training Center in Nasinu. The workshop catered to 24 participants from squatter settlements in Nadera, Wailoku, Jittu Estate, surrounding rural communities and was also facilitated by the Indonesian Master Trainer, Mr. Fransiscus Supriyono.

Indonesian Ambassador H.E Aidil Chandra Salim said that these series of workshops have benefited the participants in many ways. Not only has it developed the participants’ skills and knowledge base, but it has also created a platform for sustainable income ventures designed for sustainable development. H.E Chandra Salim also hopes that these participants will transfer their skills and knowledge on coconut shell crafting to other members of their respective communities. 

At the completion of the workshop, participants showcased products that they created during the workshop such as bangles, money boxes, yaqona bowls, spoons, flower vases, ash trays, hair holders, cups, tea pots, sugar bowls, wall hangings, earrings, necklaces, waist belts and bags.  

Furthermore, in an effort to encourage sustainable practices, the Indonesian Embassy through the Ministry of Local Government provided machines and equipment brought from Indonesia, which are specifically designed and easy to use technology, for the participants to craft items out of coconut shells. This gesture by the Ministry has allowed the participants to transfer the skills and knowledge gained during the workshop. 

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia hopes that through these series of workshops, there will be opportunities to promote more capacity development in Fiji as well as further strengthening the cooperation between Indonesia – Fiji.