Young people in Palestine innovate on Tiling Gloves
A group of 32 students created a glove that makes the tile-work safer .
Tile workers in the State of Palestine often use a rubber mallet to fix tiles in place. However, the habit of ‘slapping’ the tile is performed by quite a significant number of tile workers. Slapping the tiles (or hitting it with the palm of the hand) can lead to severe pain or hand injuries. Despite these hazards, slapping tiles remains a common habit, in part because this is often the method taught by other tile workers, particularly older ones.
As part of UNICEF’s program to promote life skills and prepare adolescents for their transition to work, some 32 students came up with a design and the materials needed to create a comfortable glove to protect workers without affecting their movement.
This project shows how young people can use creativity and teamwork to apply their skills and pragmatically solve problems.