UNICEF and the Ministry of Education provide materials to help children in rural areas continue learning during school closures

05 June 2020
UNICEF and the Ministry of Education provide materials to help children in rural areas continue learning during school closures
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2020

Learning materials and hygiene kits will help students continue their learning at home, and transition back to on-campus education when schools reopen
 
 

DILI, 3 June 2020 – Today, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Timor-Leste handed over learning materials, along with water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) materials to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MoEYS). The materials will support children in rural areas to continue their at-home learning during school closures and help them safely return to schools when they eventually reopen. 

H.E Dulce de Jesus Soares, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport, and Valérie Taton, UNICEF Timor-Leste Representative, jointly handed over the materials to the Education Municipality Director in Aileu municipality on 3 June. 

The handover took place at EBF Aileu das Flores in Aileu Municipality, while a further consignment was handed over at EBF Venancio Feraz in Ainaro Municipality, and was part of the ‘Eskola Ba Uma’ or ‘School Goes Home’ initiative, which supports continued learning during Timor-Leste’s State of Emergency and beyond. 

“The partnership between UNICEF and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport is vital to improving the situation of children’ education in Timor-Leste,” said H.E Dulce de Jesus Soares. “Equipping students with essential learning and hygiene materials means they will be more comfortable, supported and able to learn effectively during the at-home learning phase and transition back into schools when they eventually reopen.” 

The items handed over by UNICEF were part of a consignment of 20,000 student workbooks; 20,000 pens, pencils, rulers; 40,000 erasers and notebooks; two 1,100-litre water tanks; 20 25-litre and 10-litre buckets for handwashing; and soap. 

“Even and especially during times of emergency, a child’s right to education must be protected and upheld,” said Valérie Taton, UNICEF Timor-Leste Representative. “This unprecedented period in time, while incredibly devastating in many places, has presented a unique opportunity to do better; to reimagine education in Timor-Leste and to work even harder to ensure no child is left behind in their pursuit to be educated.”

Workbooks and cleaning materials were also handed over to the MoEYS by Plan International and Care International at the event.

UNICEF’s provision of learning and other material for children in rural areas is funded by DFID, and WASH material funded by the Government of Japan. 

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For further information, please contact:

Simao do Rosario, Ministériu Edukasaun, Juventude no Desportu, dorosarios@yahoo.com (Tetum/English)

Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist, UNICEF, rratnam@unicef.org (English)

Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer, UNICEF, agomez@unicef.org (Tetum)

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UNICEF ho Ministériu Edukasaun, Juventude no Desportu servisu hodi garante labarik sira iha área rurál kontinua aprende durante eskola taka

Materiál aprendizajen no ijiene hirak ne’e sei ajuda estudante sira kontinua nia aprende iha uma, no mós ajuda tranzisaun bainhira eskola loke fila fali


DÍLI, 3 Juñu 2020 – Ohin loron, Fundus Nasoins Unidas ba Labarik  (UNICEF) iha Timor-Leste entrega materiál aprendizajen, hamutuk ho ekipamentu ba bee, saneamentu no ijiene (BESI) ba Ministériu Edukasaun, Juventude no Desportu (MEJD). Materiál sira ne' e sei fó apoiu ba labarik sira iha área rurál hodi kontinua aprende iha uma durante eskola taka no ajuda sira fila fali eskola ho seguru bainhira eskola loke fila fali. 

S.E Dulce de Jesus Soares, Ministra Edukasaun, Juventude no Desportu, no Valérie Taton, UNICEF Reprezentante iha Timor-Leste, hamutuk entrega materiál ba ne'e Edukasaun Munisípiu Diretór (TBC) iha munisípiu Aileu no Ainaro. 

Entrega akontese iha EBF Aileu das Flores iha Munisípiu Aileu no EBF Venancio Feraz iha Munisípiu Ainaro, no ida ne’e parte ida husi inisiativa 'Eskola Bá Uma', ne'ebé fó apoia ba labarik sira hodi kontinua aprende durante Estadu Emerjénsia iha Timor-Leste no liu. 

"Parseria entre UNICEF ho Ministériu Edukasaun, Juventude no Desportu ne'e importante tebe-tebes atu hadi'a labarik sira-nia situasaun edukasaun iha Timor-Leste," dehan S.E Dulce de Jesus Soares. "Prepara estudante sira ho materiál aprendizajen no materiál ijiene sira ne'ebé  esensiál  siginifika sira sei estuda ho konfortavel liu, hetan apoiu ne'ebé  sira presiza no iha kbiit atu aprende ho efetivu liu durante aprende iha uma no tranzisaun fila fali ba eskola bainhira eskola loke." 

Ministériu sei simu 20,000 livru ‘Matadalan Alfabetu no Simbolu sira’; 20,000 lapizera, lapis, rego; apagador 40,000 no kadernu; tanke bee 1,100-litre rua; balde 25-litre no 10-litre 20; no sabaun. 

"Maske no liu-liu durante tempu emerjénsia nian, labarik nia direitu ba edukasaun tenke proteje no tane aas," dehan Valérie Taton, Reprezentante UNICEF ba Timor-Leste. "Periodu ida ne'e,  tempu ne'ebé triste iha fatin barak, maibé fó oportunidade únika ida ba ita hodi halo di'ak liután; hodi hanoin fila fali edukasaun iha Timor-Leste no atu serbisu makaʼas liután, atu garante laiha labarik ida  ita husik iha kotuk hodi sira sai edukadu."

Livru matadalan no materiál limpeza sira mós entrega ba MoEYS husi parseiru dezenvolvementu husi  Plan International no Care International iha eventu ne'e.

UNICEF nia provizaun sira kona-ba materiál aprendizajen no seluk ba labarik sira iha área rurál sira mak hetan finansiamentu hosi DFID no fasilidade BESI hetan finansiamentu ho Governu Japaun.

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Ba informasaun detallu bele kontaktu:

Simao do Rosario, Ministériu Edukasaun, Juventude no Desportu, dorosarios@yahoo.com (Tetum/English)

Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist, UNICEF, rratnam@unicef.org  (English) 

Antonio Gomez, Communication Officer, UNICEF, agomez@unicef.org  (Tetum)

Media contacts

Rukshan Ratnam
Communication Specialist (English)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821

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