Handover Ceremony of Renovated Classrooms of 3 Vocational Secondary Schools in Timor-Leste under the Emergency Funds for Timor-Leste
A simple Handover Ceremony of the newly renovated classrooms of the 3 Vocational Secondary Schools in Timor-Leste namely: the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary School in Becora in Dili; the Commerce and Economy Vocational Secondary School in Becora in Dili; and the Commerce and Economy Vocational Secondary School in Liquica District was held on the 31st of January 2014 with the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary School in Becora as venue of the handover event.
The keys of the newly renovated classrooms were handed over officially by the Ministry of Education through the National Directorate for Technical Vocational Secondary Education officiated by the Minister of Education, HE Bendito dos Santos Freitas along with Mr. Francisco Lui, the Owner of the Rai Dalai Co. Ltd., as the Contractor of the renovation project and Mr. Sergio Muchanga, Chief of Dili Antenna Office representing UNESCO Jakarta Office.
The handover ceremony is the culmination of the renovation activities as one amongst the interventions implemented under the Renewal and Strengthening of Vocational Secondary Schools in Timor-Leste Project implemented by UNESCO Jakarta Office in partnership with the Ministry of Education in Timor-Leste through its National Directorate for Vocational-Technical Secondary Education. The funding for this project was through the Emergency Funds for Timor-Leste of UNESCO and its objective was to assist the National Directorate for Vocational-Technical Education (MoE) in better equipping the youths with vocational skills that are required by the vibrant labor market of Timor-Leste to gain proper/significant employment and/or to encourage vocational secondary school graduates to start up entrepreneurship activities.
The key MoE officials who graced the event led by the Minister of Education; the Vice Minister for Secondary Education, HE Mr. Virgilio Smith; the Director General for Secondary Education, Mr. Albano Salem; and the Director for Vocational-Technical Secondary Education, Mr. Marcelo Caetano Araujo. The 3 Directors of the 3 Secondary Vocational Schools as recipients of the Project are also present during the handover ceremony including teachers and students of the School of the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary School in Becora. Likewise, key staff from the Ministry of Education and other visitors are present during the event including the presence of UNESCO and the Contractor for the Project. The simple ceremony has the Director of the National Directorate for Vocational-Technical Secondary Education providing/presenting a brief report about the Project as an opening part of the ceremony and also provided a summary about the project until the of its renovation activities.
A total of 6 classrooms are actually renovated under the Project in the 3 recipient-vocational secondary schools: 4 classrooms in the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary School in Becora (hotel/hospitality practical classroom, kitchen and culinary practical classroom, dressmaking/tailoring practical classroom, and beauty salon); 1 computer classroom in the Commerce and Economy Vocational Secondary School of Becora in Dili equipped with new computers; and also 1 computer classroom in the Commerce and Economy Vocational Secondary School in Liquica town in Liquica District which is also equipped with new computers.
The keys of the newly renovated classrooms after the handover ceremony are also handed-over to the school directors of the 3 recipient schools under the Project.
The Minister of Education in his speech, thanked UNESCO for the support and encouraged the recipient schools, its teachers and students to take care of the facilities that have been newly renovated since this will provide them the opportunity now to utilize in a maximum manner the learning process with quality and will help them to facilitate that more students will be able to access vocational and technical training which is an identified need to help the economy of the country. Having the vocational and technical training he said, will provide employment to the youths of the country as he specifically remarked.
Mr. Sergio Muchanga, Chief of the Dili Antenna Office in his remarks explained the objective of the Project and hoped also that the recipient schools will be able to utilize the support. He informed the participants that the funding assistance for the Project is actually generated from the contribution of Timor-Leste to UNESCO and that UNESCO is giving back to the country the support it provided by implementing projects in the areas/mandate of the organization. He also said that UNESCO will continue to support the Ministry of Education achieve its goal of providing access to education for all its citizens and will continue to provide technical assistance based on its expertise and competence.
After the speeches and remarks, the officials are ushered to open the newly renovated classrooms of the Hospitality and Tourism Vocational Secondary Schools in Becora led by the Minister of Education and the Minister himself was delighted and awed by the set up, the quality of the classrooms and the improved facilitates made inside the classrooms itself. He is very much encouraged to see that there is quality in the work that has been done in the renovation project by UNESCO in partnership with the MoE.
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