Computer training advances job prospects
Young people living with the impacts of poverty and disadvantage in Timor-Leste are benefitting from the establishment of a computer training centre offering courses in IT.
The program was initiated in 2012 by three local young men seeking to improve the lives of young people in their community by providing job skills.
The young men identified and secured a derelict house, which they repaired and restored with financial support from Marist Solidarity.
Marist Solidarity then funded the purchase of new desks, chairs, 10 desktop computers and other training materials, including a data projector and camera. It is also funding ongoing program costs and wages for three trainers.
Training courses have now been running for more than three years. They provide an introduction to computers, and develop skills in Windows, Microsoft Office programs and typing.
Since its inception, more than 100 local people—including primary and secondary school students, school leavers and other members of the community—have now completed courses.
The training centre is located in the small rural village of Uai-Lili, which is 15 kilometres from the nearest town of Baucau.
Before the training centre was established, no other job training facilities existed in Uai-Lili and unemployment was very high.
Your support of this program will continue to help build the capacity of young people in our region so that they can create a brighter future.