2014 will usher in some big changes with the start of our Language Project in Viqueque. The project has three components, chief of which is the training of teachers by highly skilled providers based in Timor Leste. The Institute of Mary MacKillop will commence its four day teacher training in Viqueque in January. This program concentrates on the teaching of Tetum.
Negotiations are also being finalized with the Learning Resource Development Centre to conduct a five week program using three trainers. This program also concentrates on pedagogy with intensive observation of classroom practice, review and suggestions. Discussion is also taking place with the Bacau Teachers’ College (The Institute of Catholic Formation of Professors) for a further initiative.
The Language Project in Viqueque was formalised in August when the agreement between The Geelong Viqueque Friendship Schools and the Ministry of Education Timor Leste was signed by Emidio Amaral, Director of Education Viqueque District and Antoninho Pires, Director General of Corporate Services. The project is being generously funded by a $120,000 donation by Geelong residents Gael and John Butler.
Funds will be used in the provision of additional resources to three pre-secondary schools for libraries and to cover their running costs over two years. Another special project is the rehabilitation of St Teresinha School in Ossu and an initial $10,000 has been provided towards the roof restoration.