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Together with your support, Australian Marist Solidarity is partnering with the Timorese so that they can transform their lives and communities through education.
Marists in Timor-Leste
Instituto Catholico Para Formacao De Professores (ICFP)
Timor-Leste is one of the least developed countries in the world and the poorest in Asia. During the 1999 post referendum violence, as much as 70% of the national infrastructure was destroyed, including the destruction of 80% of schools and the burning of almost all books and materials, while almost 20% of primary teachers and 90% of secondary teachers returned to […]
Eliminating the shame and exclusion of children with disabilities
People with physical disabilities in Timor-Leste suffer many disadvantages not least of which are social exclusion and shame. Stigmatised and isolated, they often struggle to access education and basic healthcare. Since 2000 a local organisation known as KATILOSA has worked to improve the lives of children and youth with disabilities by catering for their needs, advocating for their human rights […]
Supporting the education system in Timor-Leste
Timor-Leste is one of the least developed countries in the world and the poorest in Asia. During the 1999 post referendum violence, 95% of the buildings and infrastructure were destroyed, leaving only 5% of the schools standing. With over 40% of the country’s population below the age of fourteen and the majority of Timorese teachers poorly educated and untrained, the […]
The Children and Youth Centre (CYC) Ponta Leste engenders community spirit and fosters strong friendships between the students as well as the teachers. CYC Ponta Leste is a Timorese run organisation that works in partnership with Australian Marist Solidarity. CYC Ponta Leste is based in Baucau, East Timor and was established in 2006. In Baucau there is a high level […]
Vocational skills for disadvantaged youth
The Uai-Lili Youth Centre provides computer and carpentry training for young people in the village of Uai-Lili. The area was previously known as a dangerous place to visit as it was home to destructive and aggressive young people who would throw rocks at passers-by and vehicles driving through the village. Maway, director of the Uai-Lili Youth Centre, was previously a […]
Education plays an integral role in the formation and nurturing of young people in Timor-Leste.
In Quelicai, the St Terezinha Central School must accommodate the graduates of students from 12 Catholic primary schools. While Australian Marist Solidarity is supporting the expansion of Abafala Catholic Primary School into a junior high school (Click here to go to Abafala School), St Terezinha Central School’s ageing infrastructure, coupled with demand, will still struggle to accommodate these graduates. […]