Teachers Are The Future.
A good teacher can ignite and fuel hope, curiosity and change. That is why we are supporting teachers in Timor – who often are just parents of students and want to help their students. Yet this may act counterintuively as the teachers have no formal experience or qualifications or expertise in the area. So what we want to do is mix their passion and curiosity with formal qualifications to ultimately change things. And just remember, one teacher over the span of 10 years will impact approximately 3000 students.
As a result of conflict, 90% of teachers in Timor-Leste fled the country in 1999, leaving a large gap in the delivery of education by those who had been properly trained. These roles were replaced by local mothers and other community members who had limited training or experience. With over 40% of Timor-Leste’s population being under the age of 14 years, and an article by Marist Solidarity suggesting that there is estimated to be around 9,000 teachers still untrained in Timor-Leste, the issue of quality of teachers and therefore education in the nation is still very prominent.
Educating The Future acknowledges that quality of education is just as important as the number of children attending school. While school attendance rates have risen significantly in Timor-Leste, we recognise that delivering quality education is still a highly significant issue and vital to the success of education in developing nations around the world. By working with the government, as well as other non-government organisations, we aim to improve the standard of education through training teachers, addressing one of the core beliefs of ETF, that a high quality education can lead to significant opportunities for personal and collective growth and development.