10.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

Launching TAHINE SALON in Ililapa Community Learning Centre, Lautem District, Timor-Leste

Under activities funded by the CapEFA Timor-Leste programme of UNESCO Jakarta Office in providing opportunities for generating income to the members of the Community Learning Centre (CLC) in Lautem District, a life skill training on hair cutting and beauty salon currently being conducted that commenced last 03 December 2012 until the 14th of December 2012 resulted in the actual establishment of a hair and beauty salon named as TAHINE SALON. The salon is launched inside the building of the CLC located in the village of Ililapa and the inauguration is attended by around 70 participants comprising mostly youths who live around the CLC, Vice-Minister of Education for Basic Education, NDRE Director and Staff, UNESCO Jakarta Office and UNESCO Dili Antenna Office, sub-district government representatives, as well as Chief of the village.

The TAHINE SALON launching and inauguration is aimed  at socializing this income generating activity within the community and neighboring villages in the district as a resource (income) generating activity of the CLC for the local population  to  actively  participate and support this  hair and beauty salon to function well in serving the  community people in Lospalos sub-district covering 10 villages. This salon shop will in turn make them active members of the Community Learning Centre who can generate income for themselves and contribute to the sustainability of the CLC as a catalyst for change reflecting its role as an agent to build the capacities of the community members in the learning centre.

The TAHINE SALON launching was officially opened by  Vice-Minister of Education for Basic Education, Ms Dulce de Jesus Soares, Director of the National Directorate of Recurrent Education, Mr. Filomeno Lourdes Dos Reis Belo, and Mr. Anwar Alsaid, Ph.D, Chief of Education Unit, UNESCO Office Jakarta. During the launching, Mr. Alsaid addressed his special thanks to the two trainers, Ms. Sri Rohanawati and Ms. Diny Ayu Larasati Masbuana from the Public Vocational Secondary School of Mataram, Indonesia for the great capacity development of life skill training on hair cutting, hair treatment, and facial care of the CLC members where the participants have already been  able  to  do  hair  cut,  hair style,  creambath,   facial care,  skin  care,  and  body   message    
utilizing the salon equipments provided by UNESCO Jakarta Office such as bed-wash,  steamers, styling chairs, rolling chairs, styling station, and facial beds. Through these acquired skills, the participants can work in the private sectors, entrepreneurship, and provide services in the CLC to the community at the modest charge. He finally reminded the members of the CLC that TAHINE SALON is for the community members already available in the CLC, having the same equipments of the salons in Dili, Timor-Leste or Jakarta, Indonesia. It is therefore the community members who are responsible for sustaining this income generating activity for the better roles and functions of the CLC reflecting the mission of capacity building on Education for All in Timor-Leste.  

On behalf of the government of Timor-Leste through the Ministry of Education, Ms Dulce de Jesus Soares, the Vice-Minister of Education for Basic Education conveyed her thanks and deep appreciation to UNESCO Office Jakarta for the continuing support in strengthening the CLCs in Timor-Leste. She said that “TAHINE SALON is one of the promising income generating activity in the CLC as we could see from today’s salon launching, so many people around the CLC come and have their hair cut, hair treatment, and facial care including me who would have hair make-up and hair up-style  in this excellent salon today feeling like in Dili, the Capital City of Timor Leste”. She then contended that “ if there is a hair and beauty salon like this run by Timorese, why I should go to Philippine Salon, it is better to give my money to Timorese”.   She also admired the two trainers from Mataram, Indonesia for the successful hair and beauty salon training which was only within one week, the 21 participants comprising of 17 females and 4 males have already been able to do hair cutting, treatment, and facial care. “What a wonderful training for strengthening the CLCs in Timor-Leste, and what a beautiful salon in CLC Ililapa, GO TAHINE SALON”.

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