Timor-Leste - Bacau Teachers Training College
Timor-Leste has a population of 1.2 million. It is the poorest country in Asia, ranked 134 out of 169 countries on the Human Development Index with 65% of the population living in multidimensional poverty. Available World Bank statistics relating to Timor-Leste indicate :
41.8% live below the national poverty line. (2014)
The maternal mortality ratio is 557 deaths/1000,000 live birth (2010).
During their war for Independence in early 2000, 80% of the educational institutions were destroyed, with 20% of primary school teachers and 80% secondary teachers returning to Indonesia. To fill this void, approximately 75% of current teachers are unqualified. With 42% of the country’s population below the age of 14, the entire education system faces significant challenges. To help address this problem, in 2003 the Instituto Catolico Formacao de Professores (ICFP) developed a Teachers Training College in the rural town of Baucau. It is one of the 2 functioning providers of primary education teacher training in Timor-Leste.
The overall aim of the project is to raise sustainably the quality of education provided in primary schooling. Students complete an internationally accredited course with the opportunity to undertake an Australia Master’s in Education.
The ICFP advises that the direct beneficiaries of this project are 191 young students graduating each year (143 female and 48 male) – The indirect beneficiaries will be 2200 primary school students each year.
In addition ICFP provides 4 graduates to work in 7 schools across the country to upskill current unqualified teachers.
The 3-year budget for this project is AUD$2,000,000.
What Is Lenity Australia’s Involvement?
Lenity Australia is joining other international donors in supporting this program for the training of teachers to educate a new generation of children. Its current commitment is for 3 years.