Thanks to funding from the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD), the Togolese Coalition for Cultural Diversity (TCCD) held the first part of a training workshop/seminar for 20 artisans chosen from across Togo on Saturday July 23, 2011, at Centre artisanal de Kpalimé.
In December 2010, the 4th ordinary session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions approved 31 projects to be funded from the IFCD during the first year of its pilot phase, including the project entitled “Capacity Building for Cultural Industry Professionals in Togo.”
The project submitted by TCCD is intended to help renew the crafts industry by training some twenty selected artisans working in sculpture, ornamental leather, macramé, batik, weaving, dyeing, furniture making, tailoring, and beads & ceramics through a workshop/seminar on developing new design and production methods, including the use of digital arts. The training will include a trip to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) to allow participants to study and share their experiences.
For more information about the IFCD and for profiles of the projects funded during the pilot phase, visit the UNESCO website.