Craft sector needs a boost

Strategies need to be implemented to help revive the craft industry in Barbados.

That is the view of Director of the Entrepreneurship Development Division at the Small Business Development Centre (SBDC), James Campbell, as he spoke during a tour of the facility by Minister of State in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Patrick Todd.

Campbell revealed that in an effort to rejuvenate interest in this important sector, the division hosted workshops and seminars and also plans to target schools across the island, where they will be going with programmes to spark the schoolchildren’s interest.

“We have had workshops and will continue to host workshops in pottery and woodwork, among others.  We are actually now in a programme where are we trying to rebuild the pottery sector by going into schools and especially in the Scotland District and working with both the primary and secondary schools to help rebuild that sector.”

Craft Development Co-ordinator, Sandra Browne, also shared the view that the craft sector is an extremely critical one, saying that these skills need to be passed on and taking it into the schools is therefore a step in the right direction.

 “it is critical that we get islandwide national training of crafts into the system, because the craft sector is a very important one to the island and this corporation would have undertaken the development of crafts from when it build Pelican Village and then established the Handicraft Department, and we will continue to support the arts and craft industry in this island,” Browne assured.

(Source: The Barbados Advocate – 03 June 2010)

Monday, June 14, 2010