Inception Meeting on Renewal and Strengthening of Vocational Schools in Timor-Leste
UNESCO Jakarta Office organized an Inception Meeting on Renewal and Strengthening of Vocational Schools in Timor-Leste for two days from 16 t0 17 of May 2013 at the Beach Garden Hotel in Dili, Timor-Leste and attended by around 40 participants. The Renewal and Strengthening of the Vocational Schools in Timor-Leste is a new initiative in support to the secondary vocational and technical education sector in Timor-Leste from the emergency funds of UNESCO. This intervention aims at making an impact in renewing and strengthening the sector in partnership and cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Timor-Leste specifically working directly with the National Directorate for Vocational and Technical Secondary Education.
The Inception Meeting held marked actually the beginning of the project on “Renewal and Strengthening of Vocational Secondary Schools in Timor-Leste. It was aimed to engage the key representatives of the Ministry of Education such as the National Directorate for Technical/Vocational Education, the National Teachers’ Training Institute [INFORDEPE]), school principals, and teachers/training instructors of the specialized areas of Tailoring/Dressmaking, Culinary and Food Management, Hospitality, and Beauty in the project specifically the selected vocational schools in Dili and Liquica particularly the Hospitality and Hotel Management Vocational School in Becora, the Commerce and Economy Vocational School also, in Becora and the Commerce and Economy Vocational School in Liquica District. The meeting gathered representatives of these identified schools including relevant stakeholders and partners to discuss the priorities and needs of the different specialized courses of the schools that could improve learning and teaching systems for quality education to students and this also includes computer education teaching in the commerce and economy schools.
The opening programme of the meeting was attended by Director General Domingos Maia (Director General for Basic Education, Curriculum, Innovation and Development, MoE) who was delegated by the Vice Minister for Secondary Education, HE Vice Minister Virgilio Smith, who officially opened the meeting and joined by Dr. Anwar Alsaid, Chief of Education Unit of UNESCO Jakarta Office together with the National Director for Curriculum and Assessment, Mr. Raimundo Neto of the Ministry of Education.
DG Domingos Maia encouraged the participants to the meeting to actively participate and make the most out of the inception meeting as he said that this an opportunity to improve the selected schools in achieving quality teaching and learning due to the support provided by UNESCO. Dr. Anwar Alsaid also emphasized that achieving what the schools want for their schools and their students to learn effectively is for the schools (the school director and its teachers) to have ownership of what they want to do for their school and manage the schools based on their visions. The inception meeting has been organized with the expert inputs of the SMK 3 Negeri Denpasar who came with a team of 4 teachers including the School Director, Ms. Luh Yulie Astani who facilitated the discussions during the meeting and assisted the participants in the meeting to identify the priorities and needs of their respective schools to improve the environment and teaching processes in their schools.
At the end of the two-days meeting, the selected schools which will be provided with the support for this specific initiative have been able to develop the list of their needs and priorities which will comprise the workplan for this initiative in assisting the selected schools improve their classrooms either by putting some rehabilitation work, provision of equipments, development of additional complimentary teaching materials to reinforce the existing ones and additional capacity building activities to teachers/professors. The inception meeting closing programme was attended by the National Director for Curriculum and Assessment Mr. Raimundo Neto who basically accompanied the meeting for 2 days and also provided a brief closing message including Dr. Anwar Alsaid of UNESCO Jakarta Office who thanked all the participants to the inception meeting for coming up with their schools’ individual plans.
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